Alpha-1 Deficiency: Were You Tested?
Last updated: April 2023
The core symptoms are very similar to those of the more standardly diagnosed COPD. But while typical COPD progression is based on airborne irritants and toxins damaging the lungs, AAT deficiency causes a lower production of the protein that protects the lungs and liver from damage. This leaves them vulnerable to early-onset disease such as emphysema.1,2
Have you ever heard of Alpha-1 or AATD deficiency?
Have you been tested for AATD?
Many people with the AAT deficiency are untested and undiagnosed.
How about you?
Have you ever been tested for Alpha-1 deficiency?
Some doctors test for AATD more readily than others. But there are a few characteristics that may lead a doctor to believe a person might carry the deficiency. As always, everyone’s medical care is highly dependent on the individual and their personal background. If your doctor did decide to test you, they may have explained why.2
Do you know for what reasons your doctor decided to test you?
Most of the treatment options for people who do test positive are the same as those prescribed to those with COPD. But there are a few treatment approaches that can be used specifically for those with the AAT deficiency.2
Are you taking a medication to treat Alpha-1?
If you are wondering whether you or a loved one has the Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, ask your doctor about it. Even if you do not have AATD, it is always good to learn more about the many facets of COPD!
What stage was your COPD diagnosed as?