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Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
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Can adult onset cystic fibrosis occur to male 44 old please?

Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
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Can adult onset cystic fibrosis occur to male 44 old please?

Yes: I would use a term "mild" or "atypical" form of cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is caused by mutation involving cftr gene, and there are a few hundred different mutations. Atypical or mild form of CF manifest at a later age than in infancy as often seen in classic form, and mild in symptoms. ...Read more

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Cystic Fibrosis (Definition)

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder of the lungs and digestive tract. It causes recurrent lung infections and inhibits growth in patients. Average life expectancy of patients with cystic fibrosis ...Read more


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What would the synptoms of adult onset cystic fibrosis be? And would it be likely at my age. Even worth asking my doc about?

What would the synptoms of adult onset cystic fibrosis be? And would it be likely at my age. Even worth asking my doc about?

GI or pulmonary: Symptoms in the pulmonary system such as chronic infection or airway problems (bronchiectasis) or GI revolving around pancreatic disease (diabetes, malabsorption or pancreatitis). Adult forms are being described more and more. If you have problems in these areas, or have a family member with cf, check with your physician about a work up. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc2626352. ...Read more

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I have symptoms of cystic fibrosis. Is it possible to start show the symptoms in my 30's?

I have symptoms of cystic fibrosis. Is it possible to start show the symptoms in my 30's?

Yes: Yes it is possible. Presentation of cystic fibrosis varies greatly, and it is possible, depending on your specific mutation (and other factors) to present at a later age. In order to prevent late diagnoses, all states now have a newborn screen in place for cystic fibrosis. ...Read more

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I have family members with cystic fibrosis. Is it possible to start show the symptoms in my 20's?

I have family members with cystic fibrosis. Is it possible to start show the symptoms in my 20's?

Yes: However, usually an adult who is diagnosed so late has usually had chronic problems with cough and "pneumonias". That said i've diagnosed a new case in a 38 year old woman. ...Read more

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At what age do the symptoms of cystic fibrosis first appear?

Varies: Unfortunately, there is no correct answer to this. It really varies and depends on various factors, including the type of mutation a patient may have. Symptoms may start soon after birth, or years later. ...Read more

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

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

Visit Pediatrician: I would recommend discussing your concerns with your pediatrician and explain them to him/her. If your pediatrician agrees with your concerns then tests may be ordered to further look into the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis (cf). If the test suggests CF then you will be referred to a CF center. Your pediatrician may still refer you to a pediatric pulmonologist if concerns remain. ...Read more

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What are some typical symptoms of cystic fibrosis in a baby?

What are some typical symptoms of cystic fibrosis in a baby?

GI and Lungs: Common presentations if not detected by newborn screening include: poor weight gain, diarrhea, recurrent respiratory infections, meconium ileus (at birth), dehydration. ...Read more

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What is cystic fibrosis? What are its sympyoms and how to treat it?

It is a genetic : Disorder that causes thick, sticky mucus in the lungs and digestive tract. Most common chronic lung disease in children.Symptoms-cough, poor weight gain , loss of appetite, salt tasting skin, constipation fatigue erc. Need oxygen , take enzymes, antibiotics for recurrent pneumonia etc. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Lipase wk 1: 30 (16-120), wk 2: 15 l (16-120). Is this indicative of cystic fibrosis? No other symptoms.

Are you symptomatic?: Isolated lab results (particularly essentially normal ones like the lipase levels you describe) are relatively meaningless unless taken in the context for which they were ordered. As a child, was cystic fibrosis suggested as a possible diagnosis? Why are, and what makes, you concerned regarding this disease? More specific testing is appropriate if suspicion of CF is warranted. ...Read more

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