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Could a child under 2 be diagnosed with cystic fibrosis?

Could a child under 2 be diagnosed with cystic fibrosis?

Yes: CF is an inherited disorder that requires 2 mutations (1 from mother & 1 from father) to lead to the clinical disease. If you have it, you were born with it. Many states in the U.S. Perform newborn screening that can pick the disease up at birth, but it can go undiagnosed for years in some cases. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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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 are the chances of a child getting cystic fibrosis among the different racial groups in the u.S.?

What are the chances of a child getting cystic fibrosis among the different racial groups in the u.S.?

Overall 1/3700: Acording to the CF foundation: the overall birth prevalence is 1/3700 . It can occur in any race, however the greatest incidence is in caucasians of northern european descent, being 1/2500. The other major groups affected are hispanics 1/13500, african americans 1/15000. More than 10 million of us carry one part of the defective gene, but to have the disease you must have a copy from both parents. ...Read more

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What is done for a child with cystic fibrosis?

What is done for a child with cystic fibrosis?

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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How can I cope with a child with cystic fibrosis?

How can I cope with a child with cystic fibrosis?

Support: Go to your local CF treatment center, they will have oodles of resources for you and your child. The CF foundation has a list of approved centers. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having a second child with cystic fibrosis?

What are the chances of having a second child with cystic fibrosis?

1 in 4 or 25%: Genetic counseling prior to pregnancy is very important if there is a family history of cystic fibrosis. There are many options available to parents who have already had a child with cystic fibrosis. ...Read more

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What are the annual hospitalization costs of having a child with cystic fibrosis?

Varies considerably: There is considerable variance between children and between institutions for the cost of of hospitalizing a child with cf. Children have variable needs for hospitalization depending on their genotype and adherence to their regimen, and (unfortunately) there is a large amount of variance in practices while hospitalized and costs for these practices. ...Read more

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What are the options available to us so we can be sure to have a child without cystic fibrosis?

What are the options available to us so we can be sure to have a child without cystic fibrosis?

Screening: If two parents are both potential carriers, screening will reveal your risk. The only way for two carriers to avoid having a child is an elective abortion after an amniocentesis and genetic screening of the fetus. Children with cf, however, are children that can live full lives, and there are promising treatments on the horizon. ...Read more

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What happens that makes a child be born with cystic fibrosis ?

Genetic disorder: CF is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder. The infant must inherit a CF gene from both parents (who are CF gene carriers) to be born with this disorder. This disorder occurs in one out of every 3, 500 white births and one out of every 20, 000 black births. All 50 states now have newborn screening programs to identify infants born with cf. ...Read more

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How do I tell my employer I think her child has cystic fibrosis?

How do I tell my employer I think her child has cystic fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis: It is very hard to diagnose cystic fibrosis without evidence of cystic fibrosis like sweat chloride test or the genetic testing. You can tell him/ her that based of what you are suspecting, you might need to ask the doctor about cystic fibrosis. ...Read more

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