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A 33-year-old member asked:

Could a 49 year old develop cystic fibrosis?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Yes and No: Patients are born with cystic fibrosis. However it can take many years for the disease to become apparent in some patients. Thus, it is possible to be diagnosed with CF later in life but not to develop CF later in life.
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
49 would be an usually late age to diagnose the disease, but a variant of the disease could appear that late in life, conceivably.
Jan 8, 2012
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Detection: It is possible to have a mild variant of CF that is detected later in life; 49 would likely be the oldest so declared. The gene that codes for the sodium-chloride transporter can be mutated in various ways that cause cf. If you do have cf, the disease was present all your life but mild enough that you did not notice until later on.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Dr. Carlo Hatem commented
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
I have seen a patient who was not diagnosed until he was in his late 50's. He had been treated for COPD for many years.
Mar 7, 2012

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Might it be that a 49 year old develop cystic fibrosis?

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Dr. Jennifer Diabo
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Unlikely: At age 49, a diagnosis of cystic fibrosis would be very unlikely. That being said, a diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis, which is different from cf, could be possible, and generally occurs later in life. Pulmonary fibrosis can give the same signs and symptoms as cf. You can experience shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, and weight loss. Smoking is a risk factor.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for a 50 year old man to have cystic fibrosis and not know it?

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Dr. Jennifer Diabo
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Unlikely: At age 49, a diagnosis of cystic fibrosis would be very unlikely. That being said, a diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis, which is different from cf, could be possible, and generally occurs later in life. Pulmonary fibrosis can give the same signs and symptoms as cf.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What to do if my 4 year old has symptoms of cystic fibrosis?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Go to a doctor: He or she should be evaluated by a pediatric pulmonologist who is experienced with cystic fibrosis.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What to look for to see if my 4 year old has symptoms of cystic fibrosis?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Stinky poo: If your kid has poop that will clear a room from the stinky smell, and the sweat tastes like salt i might consider that diagnosis. Most will be well into those symptoms by 4. If your kid only has recurrent respiratory issues its more likely from other origins like allergies or asthma. Share your concerns with your doctor.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
In addition, if there is a concern about her growth, cough, sinus disease, CF should be considered. It may be asthma, but the screening test to begin with is a Sweat Chloride test at a local children's hospital.
Jun 29, 2014

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