Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency has no cure, but the lung disease related to it has many treatments. Most of these treatments are the same as the ones used for COPD.

Augmentation (og-men-TA-shun) therapy is a treatment used only for people who have AAT-related lung diseases. This therapy involves getting infusions of the AAT protein. The infusions raise the level of the protein in your blood and lungs. This therapy doesn’t help cure Alpha-1 but it may help to improve lung function. This treatment may not be for everyone; it is important to talk to your doctor about your treatment options.

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