What are the complications of alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency (AATD)?

Updated: Sep 11, 2020
  • Author: Dora E Izaguirre Anariba, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Alpha1-antitrypsin-deficient patients are subject to all the complications characteristic of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease from cigarette smoking. Complications may include pneumothorax, pneumonia, acute exacerbation of airflow obstruction, and respiratory failure.


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