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""It is the disorder of the protein, alpha - 1- antitrypsin an autosomal dominant hereditary disorder. It leads to a chronic uninhibited tissue breakdown. This causes the degradation of lung tissue and leads to characteristic manifestations of pulmonary emphysema. Cigarette smoking is one of the main causes. The symptoms are: 1. Reduced ability to exercise 2. Wheezing (like in case of asthma) 3. Chronic cough 4. Breathing problems""
HOW IS ALPHA-1-ANTITRYPSIN DIAGNOSED?
A1AD is a common genetic disorder that is often undiagnosed. This deficiency is often labelled as COPD. However, pulmonologists may check the serum A1AT level for confirming A1AD. A low level of serum A1AT confirms A1AD, which is further diagnosed through A1AT protein phenotyping and A1AT genotyping.
HOW IS ALPHA-1-ANTITRYPSIN TREATED?
Alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency has no proven treatment as of now. However, the related lung diseases called COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) can be treated. • The physician may recommend: • Medicines and steroids • Flu and pneumococcal vaccines • Pulmonary rehab • Extra oxygen if required • Lung transplant
DID YOU KNOW?
Alpha-1-antitrypsin is one of the commonly inherited deficiency among white people.