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Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency: Treatment

Treatment Treatment involves replacing the missing AAT protein. The protein is given through a vein each week. However, it is not yet known who may benefit from such therapy. Quitting smoking is crucial. Other treatments specifically for emphysema and cirrhosis … Read more

Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency: Symptoms & signs, Diagnosis & Tests

Symptoms & Signs * Shortness of breath with and without exertion, and other symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) * Symptoms of cirrhosis * Unintentional weight loss * Wheezing Diagnosis & Tests A physical examination may reveal a barrel-shaped … Read more

Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency: Overview, Causes

Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency: Overview, Causes

Alternate Names : AAT deficiency Definition Alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency is condition passed down through families in which the liver does not make enough of a protein that protects the lungs and liver from damage. The condition can lead to … Read more