Genetic Lung Diseases: What is Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency?

Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) is a hereditary (genetic) disorder effecting approximately 1 in 5,000 Canadians. People suffering from AATD are often misdiagnosed with “typical” asthma or COPD, but are actually genetically predisposed to develop more severe lung conditions, at a younger age compared to similar people without AATD. Fortunately, with early identification, AATD can be treated effectively. Screening can be as simple as a blood test – speak with your doctor immediately about alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency if you think you may have this disorder.

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