What are the symptoms of inherited emphysema?

Alpha one? Are you referring to alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency? If so, the symptoms are basically the same as copd, they just occur at a younger age than expected (like 20-30s). Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, etc. If the person smokes, the disease is accelerated. Diagnosis is made via a blood test. Treatment includes enzyme replacement as well as usual COPD therapies.

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I want to know my options for treating inherited emphysema?

Pulmonary Medicine. Inherited emphysema may be caused by any one of several dozen different genetic conditions. Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is one well known cause: http://ghr.Nlm.Nih.Gov/condition/alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency. Your pulmonary doctor will be very familiar with these conditions, can diagnose the exact genetic cause, and will develop a personalized treatment plan for you. If you smoke, stop now. Read more...

How will inherited emphysema affect other parts of my health?

"Inherited" Usually means susceptibility to emphysema due to lack of functional in the protein "alpha-1 trypsin inhibitor" (a1at). This is due to one of several possible mutations in the gene, and only some of those mutations are associated with liver disease. There are no other known genes for "inherited emphysema" that I am aware of, so i can't give you other questions to speak to your doctor about. Read more...

Can inherited emphysema be prevented?

Interited copd. Inherited means coded in your genetics so at the present time prevention is more trying to keep it from getting as bad as it could get, ie don't smoke, take care to get flu and pneumonia shots, and discuss with your dr. Read more...