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Would getting a lung transplant let someone with cystic fibrosis play sports?

Would getting a lung transplant let someone with cystic fibrosis play sports?

Yes: Lung transplantation is a very important treatment option for people with cystic fibrosis that is severely limiting their physical ability. If successful, and it usually is, lung transplantation can offer a person with cystic fibrosis a renewed chance to regain the ability and energy to do many activities that others without this condition take for granted, including some sports. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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It may be easier to exercise earlier in your pregnancy than during the last three months (third trimester) of pregnancy. Choosing safe exercises for you and your baby is important because some positions, as your weight and balance change, may become uncomfortable or have potentially harmful effects. After 20 weeks of pregnancy, you should not do exercises that require lying flat on your back, because this position may make ...Read more


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Can a 13 yr old with cystic fibrosis play vollyball without struggling?

Can a 13 yr old with cystic fibrosis play vollyball without struggling?

Some can: Some can and some can not... It depends on how much their disease is affecting their airway. It would be more common that the 13 year old will have difficulty but might be able to pay some before fatiguing (which is not a problem). ...Read more

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Art around what age do the obvious symptoms of cystic fibrosis set in? I'm worried of the disease although I played football for 5 years since 7th gra

Art around what age do the obvious symptoms of cystic fibrosis set in? I'm worried of the disease although I played football for 5 years since 7th gra

CF worry: Hi KennethH, typically CF is diagnosed in infants and children. However, about 7% of cases can present in adulthood. These tend to be less of the typical disease and more likely to develop diabetes, GI symptoms, and even infertility. Adults are more likely to have normal pancreatic function, unusual genetic mutations and equivocal sweat chloride tests. If you are worried, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a child of 13 with cystic fibrosis play vollyball without struggling?

Can a child of 13 with cystic fibrosis play vollyball without struggling?

PFTs with albuterol: An additional comment:
children with CF can participate in sports if they are able to do so. Obtaining a lung function test with and without a bronchodilator to determine whether there is treatable reactivity of the airway may be useful. This can be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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Which sports/physical activities are good for someone with cystic fibrosis?

Which sports/physical activities are good for someone with cystic fibrosis?

Depends on Lung Fx: The level of physical activity for a child with CF is an individual choice that should be made in consultation with the treating physician. However, there has been some interesting research done in australia, which suggests Hypertonic Saline (e.g., salty air) inhalation in CF patients was beneficial in maintaining lung function. Why? A doctor noticed surfers with CF tend to have better outcomes! ...Read more

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Can someone be diagnose with cystic fibrosis in their 40's?

Can someone be diagnose with cystic fibrosis in their 40's?

As a carrier: Genetic carrier testing:
more than 10 million americans are symptomless carriers of the defective CF gene. This blood test can help detect carriers, who could pass CF onto their children. To have cystic fibrosis, a child must inherit one copy of the defective CF gene from each parent. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have cystic fibrosis?

How can I know if I have cystic fibrosis?

Get tested: Testing for cystic fibrosis starts with a sweat test. If that is abnormal, genetic testing in the blood is used to confirm the diagnosis by finding the specific genetic mutations. In general, people with CF have recurrent pulmonary infections and abdominal discomfort/diarrhea due to fat malabsorption. ...Read more

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How can you get checked for cystic fibrosis?

Sweat test: The best test for cystic fibrosis is a sweat test. Why do you think you need tested? ...Read more

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What can be done for cystic fibrosis sufferers?

What can be done for cystic fibrosis sufferers?

Supportive care: CF patients benefit from active coordinated care involving their pcp and a regional cystic fibrosis care center. These are usually part of a children's hospital and involve pediatric pulmonologists and other respiratory care specialists. ...Read more

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What is the cause of cystic fibrosis in general?

What is the cause of cystic fibrosis in general?

Genetic: It is a genetic disease, transmitted by the parents to the kids. ...Read more

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How can cystic fibrosis affect p.I.E.S development?

Certainly: Cystic Fibrosis (CF) most common life-limiting genetic disorder of Caucasians, affecting approximately 30K people in the US. A, impacting mainly respiratory function. In recent years patients symptoms better controlled by genetic findings and better medications. Emotional & phys. Development depend on severity, time in hospital, complications. Morb. & mort. Factors afect emotional, cognitive behavior. ...Read more

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Is good to work outside while having cystic fibrosis?

Is good to work outside while having cystic fibrosis?

CF and environment: Depending on the severity of your cf, leading an active healthy lifestyle outside is not a fantasy. Common sense will dictate avoidance germs by simple hand hygiene (wash, wipe, alcohol base hand gels). Knowing your CF treatment plan as per your pulmonologist/specialist is important for slowing down the progression/maintaining a more resilient defense against bacterial/chronic lung infection. ...Read more

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How likely is it that I am a cystic fibrosis carrier?

How likely is it that I am a cystic fibrosis carrier?

About 1 in 25: The likelihood of being a carrier for CF depends on your ethnic background. Among whites it is about 1 in 25 or 30 and in hispanics 1 in 45 or so. It is lower in african americans and asians. If there is a known person in your family with CF that will increase the risk of being a carrier. CF was only known as a disease in 1938, so before that babies died of pneumonia or diarrhea, not cf. ...Read more

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How would I be able to tell if I have cystic fibrosis?

A sweat test: Talk with your doctor about your symptoms. If cystic fibrosis is a concern then a sweat test may help. ...Read more

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Can you be a carrier of cystic fibrosis and not be aware?

Yes, most don't: The carrier state does not affect the health of an individual and is usually discovered only after a carrier couple gives birth to an affected child.It can be picked up by specialized testing. Estimates suggest 5% of caucasions are asymptomatic aarriers of the gene. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cystic fibrosis?

Genetic disorder: Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder involving lungs & digestive tract, causing recurrent lung infections due to thick inspissated mucus & poor growth in majority of patients due to malabsorption. Treatment involves inhaled respiratory therapies to prevent lung disease & pancreatic enzymes to enable absorption of nutrients. Average life expectancy is near 40 years, new therapies being developed. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cystic fibrosis - is there a cure?

Lots of symptoms: Cystic fibrosis is a complicated disease. It can affect many different organ symptoms including respiratory, gi, and genitourinary.
This is usually diagnosed in childhood, and there is no cure. ...Read more

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Is there any cystic fibrosis in taiwanese chinese population?

Yes: But it is a very rare disease in any Asian population. Ethnic taiwanee have a rate of 1 in 100, 000 or so. ...Read more

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Help please! Could cystic fibrosis be passed through offspring?

Confusing question: An estimated 1/20 people carry one mutation of the CF gene and if they have children with another carrier they have a chance every time to produce a CF affected baby. That CF baby has diminished fertility but may have kids and only if they marry a carrier will their kids have risk, as high as 50%. ...Read more

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Please describe the direct biological effect of cystic fibrosis?

Gene defect: A defective gene results in alteration of a protein that regulates movement of salt and water in and out of cells.

This leads to thick sticky mucus and very salty sweat. The thick mucus can block tubes both in the lungs and in the abdomen, especially the pancreas. ...Read more

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Can you tell whether or not someone has cystic fibrosis just from looking at them?

Sometimes: But only as I see a large number of them, and only te ickes ones. Most people with CF look like average american... Only thinner. ...Read more

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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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Are cystic fibrosis and diabetes related?

In a way: Most patients with diabetes have either a failure of the pancrease (pancrelipase) to produce Insulin or develop resistance to Insulin for various reasons. In cf, there is pancreatic insufficiency due to injury to the pancrease (pancrelipase) from the disease itself... And this can lead to CF related diabetes (where more Insulin is needed). ...Read more

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Could you develop cystic fibrosis as a teenager?

No: A small segment of patients affected by cystic fibrosis does not show typical symptoms until teenage and apparently has very mild disease.
This depends upon the mutation involving cftr gene (homozygous vs heretozygous so on). ...Read more

Dr. William Walsh
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Cystic Fibrosis (Definition)

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