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Indications to Screen a Patient for Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency

Purpose:

To determine if measurement of serum levels of alpha-1-antitrypsin is indicated in a patient.

Specialty:

Endocrinology, Nutrition & Dermatology
Clinical Laboratory
Gastroenterology

Objective:

selection

ICD-10:

E88.0

Description:

Patients with alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency may develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and/or cirrhosis without exposure to known external risk factors. Testing for serum deficiency of the protein is indicated if certain findings are identified in the patient history.

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