What is alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?
Also known as: AATD, A1AT, alpha-1.
Alpha-1 antitrypsin is a protein produced by the liver. It plays a role in protecting the lungs. When the body doesn’t make enough of it, or it can’t travel properly from the liver to the lungs, the disease is known as alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. It can cause both liver and lung problems.
Reviewed by: John M. Peters, DO
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