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How is alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency treated?

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Although there’s no cure for AAT deficiency, you can raise the amount of AAT protein in your blood, which protects you against more lung damage. Doctors call this augmentation therapy. You may have this treatment if you get emphysema.

Augmentation therapy is also called "replacement therapy." You get a new supply of AAT protein that comes from the blood of healthy human donors.

The goal is to slow or stop the damage in your lungs. It won't reverse the disease or heal any damage you already have.

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

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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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