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Should a child with COPD have a blood test, to rule out alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Probably...

If a child has copd, and not asthma, then an alpha-1-anti trypsin level probably ought to be checked.
The child needs to have an evaluation so the proper diagnosis and treatment can be given!

In brief: Probably...

If a child has copd, and not asthma, then an alpha-1-anti trypsin level probably ought to be checked.
The child needs to have an evaluation so the proper diagnosis and treatment can be given!
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

COPD is extremely rare in children.
Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency is a known cause of COPD or emphysema. The onset of lung disease is uncommon before early adulthood. Protein replacement therapy is available to treat this disorder if causing copd/emphysema.

In brief: Yes

COPD is extremely rare in children.
Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency is a known cause of COPD or emphysema. The onset of lung disease is uncommon before early adulthood. Protein replacement therapy is available to treat this disorder if causing copd/emphysema.
Dr. Robert Fink
Dr. Robert Fink
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