Young man with asthma and infertility
Abstractoccur in the same patient. In some cases they could have patho-physiological changes common to both diseases. Our patient was seen as a result of having an irritating cough with wheezing, mainly at night, for more than a month. Asthma was diagnosed, and he responded favourably to the treatment given. Upon being informed that he had been examined for infertility for 5 years, alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) levels were requested. These confirmed that he had a phenotype SZ AAT deficiency. These findings, together with some evidence published recently, suggested that there is a need to rule out AAT deficiency in males with asthma and infertility.
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