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A 41-year-old member asked:

What to do if i know that it affects the lungs, but what is cystic fibrosis exactly?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Sodium channel: Cystic fibrosis or CF is a genetic disorder that affects a sodium channel (salt) in the lining of the airways, sinuses and other organs. With this abnormality salt and water leave the lumen (center) of the airways resulting in thickening of secretions and airways congestion/pneumonia and poor function.
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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 37 years experience
A good resource is CFF.org, please check their website for details. A comprehensive care plan includes nutrition, airway clearance and treatment of infection.
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Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 55 years experience
Cystic fibrosis is a genetically inherited disorder, and if both parents are carriers, it can be passed on in its more serious form ("homozygous") to offspring. The mild form is usually treatable with mucolytic agents, but serious lung infections and pneumonia are frequent complications. The disease affects the lining cells' oxygen exchange in the pulmonary alveoli.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

Do you know what cystic fibrosis is? What does it do to the body?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 18 years experience
Genetic disease: CF is a genetic disease caused by an absence or a defect in the protein that moves sodium and chloride in and out of pit helical cells. This leads to thick mucus in several areas, particularly the pancrease (pancrelipase), (pancrelipase) lungs, and gut. In the lungs, the mucus itself leads to obstruction and can become chronically infected, the pancrease (pancrelipase) and gut can become clogged, leading to failure of the pancrease (pancrelipase).
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