I am just wondering what experience you all may have with patients with this disorder, their prognosis and level of disability. Also age when symptoms appeared, and whether or not smoking affected the severity and/or presence of symptoms.
I know someone very close to me with the deficiency and we are studying it right now in Med-Surg so I am interested in your experiences with it.
I have done research on the Web but have gotten some conflicting info on age of emphysema onset, and symptoms, and likelihood for disease with a given phenotype.
I know this is a relatively rare illness but figured someone out there might have some experience with it!
Thanks in advance for all your help!