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My grandmother had alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, should I be tested for it?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care

In brief: Alpha 1 antitrypsin

The genetics of this deficiency is complicated.
The test is widely available for screening. Your question requires an understanding of the implications of a positive test, so that a discussion and or consultation with a geneticist is probably a good idea.

In brief: Alpha 1 antitrypsin

The genetics of this deficiency is complicated.
The test is widely available for screening. Your question requires an understanding of the implications of a positive test, so that a discussion and or consultation with a geneticist is probably a good idea.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: Yes

Alpha one is a genetic disease so family members who have Alpha in a close relative should be screened for the disease with a simple blood test.

In brief: Yes

Alpha one is a genetic disease so family members who have Alpha in a close relative should be screened for the disease with a simple blood test.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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