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Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Level
6 year old grandson has Alpha-1-Antitrypsin. His phenotype is MZ. His serum level is 96 mg. Will he need treatment if his level drops below 90 mg?
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 level is greater than 80 mg/dl, it is unlikely that the patient has clinically significant aat deficiency. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Normal: All it means is that you do not have alpha 1 anti-trypsin deficiency. ...Read more
What does " ALPHA-1-ANTITRYPSIN " mean?Component Standard Range Your Value 90 - 200 mg 218
why is mine elevated?
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 deficiency (hereditary) which puts them at higher risk for early lung (COPD) and liver disease (cirrhosis, cancer). This deficiency can be detected by a blood test. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a stoolanalysis done and found out that I have a high pH value (8.0) and an increased level of Alpha-1-Antitrypsin (34,2 U/ml). Whatdoesthismean?
Probably not much: Stool pH varies chaotically with diet and what bugs happen to be there. Stool antitrypsin is sometimes used to screen for protein-losing enteropathy. The units you give are not standard but I'll assume that they're elevated. If they are greatly above reference range, it's one more piece of information for the workup, suggesting at least some of the gut lining is significantly damaged. ...Read more
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 disease may come on at any time in your life, or never. ...Read more
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 never. Nobody knows why. ...Read more
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