Hello there, I am writing to see if anyone has ever heard of alpha-1-antitrypsin. Just found out Friday I have it and will have to go through alot of medical procedures. I am scared to death!!! I am getting the lap-band done to lose weight and they make you go through all kinds of test first. That is where they found out about alpha-1 I am 39 and the older I get the more stuff they find is wrong with me. Goodness, this is no fun getting older but..... I look forward to any comments about my situation. Thanks.