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Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Genetic Testing - Should I Be Tested?

The decision to have the test is personal. You may have emotional, financial, and family reasons for taking or not taking the test.

You may choose to have the test because:

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Oxygen Therapy Safety Tips: Preventing Fires and Other Accidents

Our review of oxygen therapy would not be complete without addressing safety. The potential for a fire hazard around oxygen is well-known. However, this is sometimes forgotten or overlooked. There are a few simple precautions that can be taken to create a safe home environment when using oxygen. Oxygen canisters should be kept at least 5-10 feet away from gas stoves, lighted fireplaces, woodstoves, candles or other sources of open flames. Do not use electric razors while using oxygen...

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  • You have unexplained lung problems and want to know whether you have this condition.
  • Other people in your family have AAT deficiency.
  • Other people in your family have unexplained lung disease or liver disease.
  • You want to take steps to protect your health if you find out you have the condition.
  • You would be relieved to know that you do not have the changed gene.
  • You would change your decision about having children because of test results.
  • Your insurance would pay for the test.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: September 09, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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