What does it mean to be a carrier?
What is an Alpha-1 carrier?
Alpha-1 is a hereditary condition passed from parents to children through genes. If you have 1 abnormal gene instead of 2, you are a carrier for Alpha-1.
For the most part, there are 2 genes for each trait a person has. One gene comes from the mother, 1 from the father. People with Alpha-1 received 2 abnormal genes for making AAT, that is, the body's instructions omitted the steps to produce and distribute AAT.4
WHAT DO ALPHA-1 LUNGS LOOK LIKE?
CT scan of an alpha-1 deficient patient