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How is Alpha-1 COPD different from regular COPD?

A person who has never smoked can still develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). One of the causes is Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, which is genetically inherited. There is a possibility that your children could get this, especially if your spouse is a carrier of the gene. You should have your spouse and children tested.

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