A deficiency of the enzyme alpha 1-antitrypsin results in low levels or a lack of an essential blood protein that protects tissues in the lungs from being destroyed by enzymes released from the body's own white blood cells.

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Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Association
Non-profit organization offering information and support to patients, caregivers, and families effected by this disease.
Canadian Liver Foundation: Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
Reviews the cause, symptoms, risk of lung and liver disease, and treatment.
MedicineNet
An Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency article with details such as what it is, normal lungs and how they work, smoking, risk factors, how it is inherited, signs, symptoms and treatment.
Spiderspun
A haven for those affected by Alpha-1 Antirypsin Deficiency. Facts, chat rooms, assistance programs, and reference material.
Understanding Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
Information on signs and symptoms of this disorder, as well as risk factors and treatment.
Wikipedia: Alpha 1-antitrypsin Deficiency
Encyclopedia article on this autosomal genetic disorder caused by defective production of alpha 1-antitrypsin.

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