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Alpha-1-antitrypsin quantitation - will it tell me if I have a hereditary problem?

Alpha-1-antitrypsin quantitation - will it tell me if I have a hereditary problem?

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 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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Caring for an Elderly Loved One (Checklist)

Check your loved one's balance
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Remove obstructions that could cause falls
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Organize medications
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Add railings for support
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Alpha-1-antitrypsin quantitation - what is that?

Alpha-1-antitrypsin quantitation - what is that?

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 quantified in the diagnosis of 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 more

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Alpha-1-antitrypsin quantitation - will it tell me if I have a hereditary problem?

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 more

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Living with Type 1 Diabetes (Checklist)

Hypoglycemia is common with type 1 diabetes
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Check your blood glucose before and after 2 hours after eating
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Hypoglycemia is likely if the post meal glucose is lower than premeal
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If you do not feel hypo symptoms, consider use of a continuous sensor
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Can you tell me which ages do alpha-1 antitrypsin deficency effect?

Can you tell me which ages do alpha-1 antitrypsin deficency effect?

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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What is alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency?

What is alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency?

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 tend to decrease the elasticity of the lungs. The enzyme itself accumulates in the liver which can't get it into the circulation and this can ruin the liver. This can happen at any age and no one knows why it varies so much; or the liver may be fine. ...Read more

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What are characterists of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?

What are characterists of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?

Early emphysema: Early onset emphysema, especially in a non-smoker, is most common characterisitic of Alpha 1 at deficiency, other abnormalities include early onset liver disease. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is alpha-1 antitrypsin always terminal?

Can you tell me is alpha-1 antitrypsin always terminal?

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