The symptoms of this metabolic disease are very non-specific. Patients experience: • Shortness of breath, initially only on exertion – later on, also at rest, • Cough, initially often in the early hours of the morning, • Expectoration, in various forms
It is an inherited disease in which the enzyme alpha-1 antitrypsin is missing or is insufficiently produced in the body. Alpha-1 antitrypsin is a protein that protects lung and liver tissue.
Keywords: COPD, Alpha-1, emphysema, blood test
Taken from MTA Dialog 10/2020 (translated by mt g medical translation GmbH & Co KG)
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