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5962895 tn?1377465572
Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
Why aren't more patients tested for this?
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242587 tn?1355427710
I suspect that you are asking “Why aren’t more patients tested for this?”  when testing is indicated.  There are a number of reasons:  the doubt that emphysema could be the problem in such a young person;  a less than optimum family history taken from the patient, leading to unawareness  of the familial nature of the disease in question; lack of awareness that early onset chronic bronchitis may be the first sign of ATD and misdiagnosis of the symptoms as those of asthma, CF or simple bronchitis and, finally, a very sedentary patient who doesn’t recognize a gradual but quantitatively large loss of lung function.

Testing is easy and reasonably priced.

Good luck
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