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How does my doctor diagnose alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?

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Your doctor will also listen to your breathing with a stethoscope to check for wheezing or other signs that your lungs aren't working right.

You'll get blood tests to see if you have the problem genes that cause AAT deficiency and see how much of the protein you have in your bloodstream.

Your doctor will also do tests of your lungs and liver to see how well they work.

From: Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) Deficiency WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Alpha-1 Foundation: "What is Alpha-1?"

American Lung Association: "Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency."

American Thoracic Society: "Patient Information Series: What is Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency?"

Children's Liver Disease Foundation: "Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency."

Cleveland Clinic: "Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Center."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What to Expect During Lung Function Tests," "What is COPD?"

National Human Genome Research Institute: "Learning About Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency."

National Jewish Health: "Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency: Inherited Liver Disease."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on July 10, 2017

SOURCES:

Alpha-1 Foundation: "What is Alpha-1?"

American Lung Association: "Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency."

American Thoracic Society: "Patient Information Series: What is Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency?"

Children's Liver Disease Foundation: "Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency."

Cleveland Clinic: "Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Center."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What to Expect During Lung Function Tests," "What is COPD?"

National Human Genome Research Institute: "Learning About Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency."

National Jewish Health: "Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency: Inherited Liver Disease."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on July 10, 2017

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