Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, or Alpha-1, is an inherited genetic condition which predisposes you to the development of certain diseases. Most commonly, these are lung disease and liver disease. Many individuals diagnosed with Alpha-1, however, never develop any disease associated with Alpha-1. Individuals with Alpha-1 have lower than normal levels of a protein in the blood called alpha-1 antitrypsin or AAT.
What is Alpha-1? Who has it? What are the symptoms? Is there a treatment? Your questions are answered in this informative video.