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Can Cystic Fibrosis Cause Chronic Bronchitis
Bronchiectasis: Chronic airway infection in CF is common; it isn't the same as "chronic bronchitis" precisely but has similar traits (copious purulent sputum production, discomfort, airway obstruction). More commonly the chronic infection and mucus plugging lead to airway destruction, dilation in a condition known as bronchiectasis. Google cts of the chest for both and take a look at the differences. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (airways that carry air from the trachea to the more distal parts of the lungs, or bronchioles). Bronchitis may be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. The latter is usually associated with smoking and may be part of COPD. Both acute and chronic bronchitis can lead to other serious conditions, including pneumonia with ...Read more
Gene defect: Parents of one CF patient have an equal (25%)chance of producing another with every conception. Although there is a possibility that an unaffected child would be born, you roll the dice every time. ...Read more
Pancreatic insuffic: The pancrease (pancrelipase) is the organ that (among other things) secretes enzymes that help the body absorb fat. In CF the pancrease (pancrelipase) can become clogged and fail to do this... So the patient needs to take enzymes orally. Additionally, when the lungs are injured enough, cfers will start having a lack of appetite as well, the cause of this is less clear. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: CF is a genetic disorder that is carried silently by two asymptomatic parents who give birth to a symtomatic kid who carries both recessive genes.The most common is the delta 509 mutation but others occur.There is some variabity of expression based on the mutations involved, but no bacteria triggers this problem. ...Read more
Yes: The primary symptoms are pulmonary and digestive. Chronic lung disease and recurrent lung infections start early in life. Intestinal malapsortion because of digestive enzyme deficiency also occurs early. Other symptoms include meconium illius in the perinatal period, growth failure in childhood and a variety of symptoms in the second and third decades of life including diabetes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Short answer is yes.: Episodes of joint pain are well recognised in cystic fibrosis (CF), usually starting after ten years of age, and occurring in about five to ten percent of patients (Lawrence et al, 1993). Continue with this link: http://www.cfmedicine.com/htmldocs/CFText/arthritis.htm ...Read more
Extra loss: Cystic fibrosis is caused by a genetic mutation of cftr protein that moves chloride ions out of cells in respiratory tract, but into the cells in sweat gland ducts. Since cftr protein is not functional in CF pts, excess chloride gets secreted in their sweat, which causes the sweat to have higher salt concentration. That is why a sweat test measuring chloride is used as a diagnostic test for cf. ...Read more
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