The common risk factors for Alpha-1 are:
♦ A family history of Alpha-1 such as if a parent, child or sibling is diagnosed with the condition.
♦ An individual with any one of these conditions: COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis or bronchiectasis.
♦ If you have Asthma that is not completely reversible, even with aggressive medical treatment.
♦ If you have unexplained liver disease.
♦ A family history of lung or liver disease.
♦ The skin disease panniculitis.
If you have one or more of the above risk factors, it is recommended that you should be tested for Alpha-1.