This edition: Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency: A Deadly Masquerade
For the past 50 years researchers have known about a deadly condition that can masquerade as common lung diseases like emphysema or asthma. It's called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency: a genetic defect that can allow patients' lungs to get so damaged they ultimately need a transplant. Researchers estimate almost 90 percent of the people with Alpha-1 don't know they have it. In this program we?ll take a closer look at Alpha-1 and explore the history of the condition which was discovered in Sweden in 1963. We?ll also hear from both experts and patients about treatments that have helped people with Alpha-1 bring the condition under control.