Thursday, May 14, 2009

Older patients with alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency

---may have a fairly indolent course and be difficult to distinguish form ordinary COPD. Moreover, according to this Chest study, many of them are smokers.

The authors conclude:

This finding supports current guidelines that recommend screening of all patients with COPD for AATD, regardless of their age and prior smoking history.

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