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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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  • 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.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: January 24, 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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