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TESTING FOR ALPHA-1

Testing for AAT deficiency is as easy as a simple finger-stick blood test.
Patients should talk with their physicians about testing if they have risk factors or symptoms that are typical to Alpha-1 deficiency, or if a family member has been diagnosed with Alpha-1 deficiency.

The World Health Organization (WHO), the American Thoracic Society (ATS), the European Respiratory Society (ERS), and the Alpha-1 Foundation’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee (MASAC) recommend that individuals diagnosed with the following diseases should be tested for Alpha-1:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Asthma that is incompletely reversible after aggressive treatment
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Unexplained liver disease in infants and children
  • The skin disease panniculitis

Alpha-1 is a hereditary disorder. When someone in a family is diagnosed with Alpha-1, testing of all family members is recommended in order to have the knowledge and support needed for living with a hereditary condition.