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A 32-year-old female asked:

Tested ms phenotype of alpha 1. diangosis with copd in my 20s. history of smoking w/ asthma. is the alpha 1 playing a major role in my lung disease?

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Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Its deficiency, yes: alpha 1 antripsin deficiency does affect the lungs, as the enzyme plays a major role in defending the lung tissues, refrain from smoking and being around smokers, take medicines as prescribed and keep your follow up appointments, goodluck

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