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How come I have emphysema, but nobody else in the family has it?
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Tobacco?
If you smoke, used to smoke, or are exposed to significant second hand smoke, you've got your answer. Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency causes emyphysema in non-smokers but is generally inherited.
However, you could be an exception.

In brief: Tobacco?
If you smoke, used to smoke, or are exposed to significant second hand smoke, you've got your answer. Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency causes emyphysema in non-smokers but is generally inherited.
However, you could be an exception.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
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Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Smoking and genes
Perhaps you smoke more than your other family members.
Perhaps you have a hereditary condition which makes you deficient in an enzyme called alpha1 antitrypsin.

In brief: Smoking and genes
Perhaps you smoke more than your other family members.
Perhaps you have a hereditary condition which makes you deficient in an enzyme called alpha1 antitrypsin.
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
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