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Alpha-1 antitrypsin or A1AT is a glycoprotein which is largely produced in the liver. A1AT deficiency leads to impairment of either the liver or lungs. Some of the common symptoms of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency include shortness of breath, wheezing and other respiratory problems such as asthma.
HOW IS ALPHA-1-ANTITRYPSIN DIAGNOSED?
A1AT deficiency remains undiagnosed in many patients. However, patients with respiratory problems are more likely to suffer from the disease. Hence, one must visit a general physician if she or he meets the above mentioned symptoms.
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?
It is estimated that 1 person in3,000-5,000 has A1AT deficiency