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What is alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?

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It's an inherited liver disease in which you either lack or have low blood levels of an important liver protein called alpha-1 antitrypsin. People with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency are able to make this protein. But the disease prevents it from entering the bloodstream and it instead builds up in the liver.

From: Inherited Liver Diseases WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: WebMD Medical Reference. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. National Institutes of Health.


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Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 24, 2018

SOURCES: WebMD Medical Reference. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. National Institutes of Health.


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Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 24, 2018

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