How Do I Get Tested?

There are 2 tests required to correctly diagnose alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. The first test is an alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) level, the second more informative test is called an AAT phenotype. An AAT level measures how much AAT protein is in the blood. However, this test does not provide a definitive diagnosis because AAT can be increased if you are sick or feeling unwell. An AAT phenotype is the definitive test for AAT deficiency. If you have a family history of AAT deficiency, talk to your family doctor and ask for both AAT level and AAT phenotype. For further details on how to get tested for Alpha-1 please contact:

Alpha-1 Foundation Ireland, RCSI Education & Research Centre, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9.

Phone: 01-8093871 or 01-8093749

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