We offer all patients with AAT deficiency a comprehensive testing of liver function. We are happy to test your family members for presence of this hereditary disease and the associated liver involvement (for further information on blood tests see: https://www.alpha1.org/Newly-Diagnosed/Learning-about-Alpha-1/Testing-for-Alpha-1). All patients are being cared for by physicians with both clinical and scientific experience in AAT deficiency, ideally on a long-term basis. You will be informed about the latest research findings and registered in our patient studies if you should be interested.
In our role as a supra-regional liver centre, we offer a comprehensive spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Besides testing of basic liver function, we examine your liver for presence of additional disorders such as viral hepatitis, diabetes, autoimmune disorders and many more. We offer specialised ultrasound examinations such as FibroScan® that were designed to measure liver stiffness. This enables us to non-invasively detect the extent of liver scarring (so-called liver fibrosis). As a part of our study we can offer you this procedure, which is not covered by statutory health insurance, free of charge. In addition, selected patients (based both on availability and medical need) are offered further specialised non-invasive examinations to determine the degree of liver fibrosis even more precisely. Each patient receives a comprehensive and cost-free written analysis of its individual risk of developing liver damage. If we detect a significant liver damage, the options for further diagnostic work-up and treatment are discussed in a consultation. When appropriate, we get in touch with other involved physicians to coordinate further treatment. In many cases, a relief can be provided and thereafter only control check-ups are needed.
Details about measurement of liver stiffness by specialised ultrasound can be found here:
More information can be found under the following link.