A Rare Disease That’s Rarely Diagnosed
March 15, 2017
Not a Rare Disease, But Rarely Diagnosed.
Imagine: A rare disease that’s rarely diagnosed because it mimics so many other diseases. We’re talking about Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency or AAT, a hereditary condition that may cause lung disease and liver disease. Dr. Kyle Hogarth, a pulmonologist at the University of Chicago, joins us to discuss the disease. Who’s at risk of getting this condition? What tests determine if you have it? And what lifestyle changes can help patients cope with this disease? We have lots of insight.
Up next on The Balancing Act, why being your own advocate is key to managing your health. We'll hear from two patients who didn't let their diagnosis stop them from advocating for others.
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