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What is alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and what do I do about it?

What is alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and what do I do about it?

Genetic problem: Because of this gene mutation, body becomes deficient in Alpha -1 - antitrypsin protein and manifests as chronic lung disease, just like in COPD pts but affects a younger population and affects the bases of the lung more than the apices.. Fortunately it is available to take on a daily basis to bring the levels of a1at within 'normal' range. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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If my grandmother had alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, should I be tested?

If my grandmother had alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, should I be tested?

Maybe: If one has a family history of homozygous alpha1antitrypsin deficiency, then one should consider testing, as even a carrier of this, especially one with the mz phenotype, may develop lung or liver diseases, in rare cases.If found to be a carrier, one should avoid tobacco, lung pollutants, and alcohol;and one should be vaccinated for hepatitis a and b.For more info, go to alpha1foundation, www.Alphaone.Org, . ...Read more

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Hello docs, is alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency life-threatening?

Hello docs, is alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency life-threatening?

Yes: With some variation, the form presenting in childhood can lead to liver failure and death if a liver transplant is not available. The chronic lung issues are disabling for some. ...Read more

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Which is the link btwn the alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and the emphysema ?

Proteases: Alpha-1-antitrypsin is a protease inhibitor. It is elevated in inflammation to keep the proteases in check which cause tissue damage. Its deficiency allows the neutrophil elastin protease to destroy elastin which are the necessary components in the elasticity of the lung and cause the destruction of the interstitial tissues and cause emphysema. ...Read more

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What is the link between the alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and the emphysema ?

What is the link between the alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and the emphysema ?

Destruction: Alpha-1 anti-trypsin is a protective chemical in the body that prevents destruction of lung and other tissues from the damage that the infection fighting cells can inflict. When you have a lack of this chemical, the destruction of the infection fighting cells in the body can go unopposed. This is especially true when someone smokes, which attracts those cells to fight off the toxins in the smoke. ...Read more

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What are alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency tests like?

What are alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency tests like?

Blood test: Blood, more accurately serum, is examined for levels of Alpha 1 at. Electophoresis of serum also reveals deficiency and a detailed electrophoresis, iso-electric focusing, provides details of the abnormal protein. Dna also can be tested to ascertain the abnormality in the gene. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?

What sort of problem is alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?

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, even in the absence of triggers like chronic infection, alcohol use. Can cause problems in children and/or in adults. Can be tested for, can be rx'd. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency?

What are the symptoms of alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency?

Emphysema: Aat deficiency affects primarily the lungs, leading to copd, particularly a panacinar emphysema. Symptoms are variable, but usually involve shortness of breath on exertion, cough, or wheezing. It can also affect the liver, causing chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Necrotizing panniculitis is a rare clinical manifestation involving the skin. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?

What are the symptoms of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?

Early emphysema: Lung and liver are the target organs in Alpha 1 at deficiency. Children may develop liver disease like cirrhosis. The commonest symptoms are due to early development of emphysema, e.g., shortness of breath, barrel chest, and later heart failure. ...Read more

Dr. Ravi Chand
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Inherited Emphysema (Definition)

Inherited emphysema, also know as alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, is a condition where alpha-1 antitrypsin accumulates in the liver causing liver damage and is deficient in the lungs, leading to lung destruction ...Read more


Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more