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elevated alpha 1 antitrypsin

A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
25 years experience Pediatrics
Alpha-1: Alpha-1-antitrypsin is a protein produced by the liver which helps to protect the liver and lungs from damage. Approximately 1 in 2,500 people have a ... Read More
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Dr. Carrie Cannon
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Post-op elevation: It is a glycoprotein mostly produced in the liver. A genetic deficiency can cause a picture like the emphysema of smokers and cirrhosis of the liver. ... Read More

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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Carrier: It sounds like your husband is a carrier, but less likely actually to be affected by, both hemochromatosis (i also carry it, it's a plus for me as a b ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ekizian
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Diagnosis of AAT def: Alpha-1-antitrypsin is a protease inhibitor of the enzyme elastase. Deficiency can result in disease of the lung, liver, and skin. The serum level is ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
No: It may be mild or severe. You're born with it, you are likely to become short of breath in middle age (hopefully you are a non-smoker), and the liver ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ekizian
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AAT deficiency: Measurement of alpha-1-antitrypsin serum concentration is used to determine if a patient has the inherited disorder aat deficiency. If the aat serum l ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Genetic disease: It's quite variable in severity. The lack of the helpful antitrypsin protein in the blood prevents the neutralization of enzymes from white cells that ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Early emphysema: Early onset emphysema, especially in a non-smoker, is most common characterisitic of Alpha 1 at deficiency, other abnormalities include early onset li ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Any: Shortness of breath usually develops from the lung disease in the 40's. The liver disease can show up at any age from infancy to later middle age, or ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Blood test: Blood, more accurately serum, is examined for levels of Alpha 1 at. Electophoresis of serum also reveals deficiency and a detailed electrophoresis, i ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
43 years experience Gastroenterology
Genetic, familial: Genetic abnormality that can run in families, associated with emphysema, even without the usual triggers like tobacco use, and cirrhosis of the liver ... Read More
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