Scientists have studied the ways that patients with Alpha-1 are screened and diagnosed. One study reported that it took almost 8 years for many patients to get an accurate diagnosis of Alpha-1. This study also showed that some of these patients were seen by an average of 3 doctors before they were evaluated by a doctor who diagnosed them with Alpha-1.9
Today, with more understanding and advanced testing, you do not have to wait to know if you have Alpha-1.
You and your doctor will talk about your risk for Alpha-1. If you have a family history of Alpha-1, COPD, emphysema, irreversible asthma, unexplained liver disease, or a skin disorder called necrotizing panniculitis, you should be tested for Alpha-1.
If you are at risk for Alpha-1, you will be given a simple blood test to confirm your diagnosis. Remember, only a blood test can confirm Alpha-1. Talk to your doctor about FREE testing.
DNA1 Advanced Alpha-1 Screening™ offers simple, convenient, and accurate testing and requires only 1 test for diagnosis. Other tests may require more than 1 test to get an accurate diagnosis.
If you are tested with a DNA1 Advanced Alpha-1 Screening Test Kit, your doctor will get your Alpha-1 test results back from the lab within a week (10-14 days if a confirmation test is needed).
If you are diagnosed with Alpha-1, your doctor will talk to you about appropriate treatment that can help you improve your lung health.
Alpha-1 is a lifelong journey, but it’s important to remember that you do not have to go it alone. There will always be support from others to help you live your best life with Alpha-1.