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Alpha 1 Antitrypsin blood test

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. 

Who is this blood test for

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. 

What's included

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.

Your blood and sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Once you have placed your order you will receive login details to where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Alpha 1 Antitrypsin blood test results in your own personal dashboard.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood and results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Alpha 1 Antitrypsin blood test results can be downloaded for your doctor. Want a hard-copy report? You will be given the opportunity to order one during the checkout process.

Alpha 1 Antitrypsin blood test is included in the following categories: Liver Health