Treatment for AAT deficiency involves replacing the missing AAT protein. The protein is given through a vein each week. However, it is not yet known who may benefit from such therapy.
Quitting smoking is crucial.
Other treatments for emphysema and cirrhosis are also used.
Some people with this deficiency will not develop liver or lung disease. However, emphysema and cirrhosis can be life threatening.
Call your health care provider if you develop symptoms of AAT deficiency.
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