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Does obstructive lung disease run in families?

Obstructive lung disease may be hereditary in extremely rare cases. This is due to an insufficient level of the protein known as alpha-1 antitrypsin.

Talk to your doctor is you have concerns about developing obstructive lung disease based on genetic factors.

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