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what is the definition or description of: inherited emphysema?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Inherited emphysema: Inherited emphysema = alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency which can destroy lung tissue & cause difficulty breathing.
Answered on May 19, 2017

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