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What are warning signs of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?

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You might not know you have the disease until you're an adult, between the ages of 20 and 40. You may feel short of breath, especially when you try to exercise. You also may start to wheeze or have a whistling sound when you breathe.

You may also get a lot of lung infections. Other warning signs include:

  • Feeling tired
  • Your heart beats fast when you stand up
  • Weight loss

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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