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Could you develop cystic fibrosis as a teenager?

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

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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


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Can someone get cystic fibrosis as a teenager?

Can someone get cystic fibrosis as a teenager?

Yes: 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

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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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What's the expert opinion, could there ever be a cure for cystic fibrosis any time soon?

What's the expert opinion, could there ever be a cure for cystic fibrosis any time soon?

Perhaps...: The best chance for a cure for cystic fibrosis lies in gene therapy. Clinical trials are currently underway in a number of countries to try to do this. Many of these trials fail, but they help design future trials. You never know when success will happen. Hopefully it will be soon. For a recent article on a large trial in the uk, see: http://www.Ox.Ac.Uk/media/news_stories/2012/120316.Html. ...Read more

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Could use your help docs! a friend has cystic fibrosis and smokes weed because she says it helps. Is that true?

Could use your help docs! a friend has cystic fibrosis and smokes weed because she says it helps. Is that true?

Yes and no: If she believes in the material and says it helps her, it probably does. It may be only a comfort measure as the irritation of the smoke will impair lung function over time. We can get between 10-30 % success using sugar pills during population studies if they believe in the treatment. ...Read more

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Could any expert explain the cell signaling pathway involved in cystic fibrosis, what goes wrong, and the right way for it to work? Thanks!

Could any expert explain the cell signaling pathway involved in cystic fibrosis, what goes wrong, and the right way for it to work? Thanks!

Start with this link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100214143133.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fhealth_medicine%2Fcystic_fibrosis+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Health+%26+Medicine+News+--+Cystic+Fibrosis%29

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Could a 49 year old develop cystic fibrosis?

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. ...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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If I have cystic fibrosis, could i be an organ doner?

If I have cystic fibrosis, could i be an organ doner?

Organ Donation: Organ donation is possible and should be discussed with Lifelink. Many people do not realize that other useful tissues like heart valves, tendons, corneas are part of the donation process as well and can help recipients. In CF lungs heart, pancreas and liver are likely not able to be shared. See Lifelink http://www.lifelinkfound.org/index.cfm ...Read more

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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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Help please! could cystic fibrosis be passed on offspring?

Recessive: Cystic fibrosis (CF) requires both copies of the gene to carry a mutation (one copy each from mother and father). The way a person usually gets CF is if both of their parents are unaffected carriers (one mutated copy and one normal copy). In this situation, there is a 25% chance that the offspring will get cf, 50% chance of being an unaffected carrier, and a 25% of inheriting two normal copies. ...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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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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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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Why could cystic fibrosis cause a person to be malnourished?

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 more

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My 4 year old daughter has all the symptoms of cystic fibrosis, but has tested negative twice. Is there anything else it could be?

Cystic Fibrosis: It seems your daughter was referred to a peds pulmonologist by her pediatrician; different tests were done to rule out cf. Sometimes geneticist gets involved in testing if any diagnostic controversy. If she has lung issues, the pulmonary doctor will address that. If she has digestive issues, she should have been referred to gastro-enterologist. Talk to her pediatrician who is the best guide. ...Read more

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