Common symptoms of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, or AATD, include:
- Shortness of breath
- Decreased ability to be physically active
Many people with AATD are at first diagnosed with asthma. This is because one of the main symptoms of asthma — wheezing — is also often a symptom of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.
Other symptoms of AAT deficiency include:
- Repeated lung infections
- Chronic cough
- Rapid heartbeat when you stand up
- Weight loss
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