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Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (Genetically inherited COPD)

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Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Facts

  • Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (A-1AD) is one of the most common serious genetic conditions in America and is more common than Cystic Fibrosis.

  • Alpha-1 can cause liver disease in children or severe liver and lung disease in adults, most often causing early Emphysema.

  • It is estimated that only 6,000 of the estimated 100,000 Americans with Alpha-1 have been diagnosed.

  • An additional 21 million Americans are estimated to be genetic carriers of this disorder.

  • The World Health Organization recommends that all individuals with COPD and adults and adolescents with asthma should be tested for ATT Deficiency.

Source: Alpha-1 Foundation


Alpha-1 Quiz

Are you age 20-50 and short of breath with little effort?

Did you quit smoking with no improvement?

Do you have frequent lung infections?

Do you have asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or bronchiectasis?

Do you have a family history of lung disease?

Do you have cirrhosis and no history of alcohol ?

You may have inherited A-1AD. Please call for information and a confidential blood test. 1-877-2-CURE-A1



Video – Short of Breath? Get Tested
Alpha-1 effects the liver in children and the lungs in adults.
Could you have Alpha-1?

Video – The Disease that Destroys the Lungs
Information and inspiring personal stories from physicians and people with Alpha-1

Alpha-1 information from the Alpha-1 Foundation
Includes Q & A answered by Dr. Robert “Sandy” Sandhaus, Clinical Director

Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Need to Know...
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For more Alpha-1 resources visit our links page.

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