Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Test | AAT Blood Test
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Alpha 1 Antitrypsin test assesses the level of the protein Alpha 1 Antitrypsin (AAT) in the blood, in doing so it evaluates the cause or risk of emphysema or lung disfunction by Alpha-1-Antitrypsin deficiency, a low level of AAT indicates a risk of developing emphysema / lung disease.
Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is a genetic disease, which means it’s passed down to you from your parents. It can cause serious lung or liver disease
This test should be taken If you present certain symptoms such as asthma that does not get better, shortness of breath, wheezing, frequent colds, flu, bronchitis, etc.
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There's no cure, but treatments can help you manage your liver and breathing problems. You need to get blood tests to confirm your diagnosis. These tests check to see if you have the broken genes that cause AAT deficiency. They also look to see how much of the protein you have in your bloodstream.
Preparation: Fasting the night before the test is recommended for this test.
You can order this test individually or as part of the following panels: