Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (often called simply “Alpha-1”) is an inherited condition that can cause liver disease in people of all ages and can lead to lung disease in adults. Alpha-1 is one of the most common inherited disorders. It accounts for about one percent of all cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the United States.
National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado, is one of the best places in the world to be treated for the adult lung and liver disease caused by Alpha-1. Our program has been devoted to the care of families with Alpha-1 since 1981, and our doctors have been involved in nearly every new drug evaluated for Alpha-1 treatment.
Our doctors are researchers too, so you have access to the latest Alpha-1 clinical trials and most effective therapies.
Our Patient Education Program at National Jewish Health provides many free educational opportunities and support groups to assist patients and caregivers with managing illnesses and chronic conditions.
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There are a number of written materials to support patient education at National Jewish Health. They include Understanding Booklets, Med Facts, Test Facts, Medication handouts and more.
Many patients who come to National Jewish Health are trying to find answers to ongoing health issues. Our doctors use advanced testing to accurately diagnose our patients’ conditions and determine the best treatment plan.