Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Hereditary Pulmonary Emphysema

Type of emphysema that is caused by or predisposes individuals who carry any of three known alleles implicated in alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. Depending on the alleles and the degree of penetrance, also called familial emphysema and/or congenital (lobar) emphysema, although these may be different entities.

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