A test for a genetic disorder which causes a deficiency in the production of alpha-1 antitrypsin.
Alpha-1 antitrypsin is one of a family of proteins which is largely produced in the liver and protects the lungs and the liver. These proteins play and important role in controlling inflammation and coagulation and reapir mechanisms in the body.
Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is an inherited disorder that can cause lung disease in adults and liver disease in adults and children. People with the condition still make alpha-1 antitrypsin but it is mis-shapen which means that it can't pass out of the liver into the bloodstream. It is especially important in the lungs where it protects from enzyme damage. The disorder can lead to emphysema which is why it is so important for sufferers to stay away from cigarette smoke. Sometimes abnormal alpha-1 antitrypsin also causes liver damage.
Alpha-1 antitrypsin can be daignosed through this simple blood test.
This test is for people who believe they may have inherited this condition who currently have no symptoms or who are beginning to suffer symptoms of lung or liver disease and wish to investigate furtner.
Symptoms of lung disease typically begin in your 40's when you may begin to experience shortness of breath and breathing difficulties, a persistent cough, wheezing and frequent chest infections. Symptoms of liver disease (scarring and cirrhosis) include jaundice, an inflamed liver, nausea, tiredness and muscle weakness.
We will send you your Alpha 1 Antitrypsin blood test blood and sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.
Your Alpha 1 Antitrypsin blood test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood and sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood and sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.