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Enzyme : Alpha-1-antitrypsin is an enzyme that turns off another enzyme that breaks down elastic tissue. Deficiency can result in severe and premature emphysema especially when combined with smoking or dust exposure. Liver damage canals be a consequence. There are simple tests to check your level. It is an inherited disease and runs in some families. ...Read more
Depends!: Listed as an uncommon side-effect, but usually not. Coming off them is more likely, since the drugs decrease sympathetic nervous system activity. So if you mean "rebound" in stopping, yes! ...Read more
Why can't epinephrine be given during non anaphylactic reactions such as only hives when there are no contraindications? Wouldn't alpha1 and 2 help?
Risks: Every treatment decision in medicine must weigh the risk of the diseases versus the treatment. Epinephrine can cause rapid and irregular heart rhythms occasionally. Anaphylaxis is life threatening, so the risk of treatment is justified. For milder hives, management with antihistamines is peferred because of their safety. Consult an allergist for recommedations regarding an Epipen for emergencies. ...Read more
I aspirated pasta whole, been coughing to try and get it out, now I'm coughing green mucus, I have alpha1 and bronchiectises, see a doctor or wait?
Enzyme replacement: The enzyme can be replaced by monthly IV treatments to raise blood levels to adequate levels. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed this year with COPD and I am also alpha1 positive. I have bulging veins on upper arm and chest which are causing me to scratch?
Had normal spep test but heard about alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency while web surfing, now im concerned. My alpha-1-globulin, was normal 0.25 (0.17 - 0.50 g/d). No symptoms - should I take a1ad test?
Symptoms...: Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency typically presents as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or copd, at a younger age. If members of your family have copd, and it was diagnosed younger than usual (like 20s-30s, for example), then it would be reasonable to get tested. But, if neither you nor family members have been diagnosed with copd, then it is unlikely you have Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How to treat alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency/emphysema? i go to the er alot due to my chest can this condition do that or is it something else
Elevated liver enzymes fr 6mos. No alcohol no medications. Not hep a.B.C CMV & ebv. Autoimune & u/s neg- not wilson not hemochro not alpha1 antripsin?
Possible fatty liver: If you are not on any medication or taking any herbal supplements that can cause elevated liver enzymes, the most likely diagnosis would still be non-alcoholic fatty liver disease ("fatty liver") even with a normal sonogram. Other imaging studies could confirm this, but the most definitive way to diagnose the cause is a liver biopsy. ...Read more