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Could You Develop Cystic Fibrosis As A Teenager
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
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
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
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%29Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have family members with cystic fibrosis. Is it possible to start show the symptoms in my 20'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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Cystic fibrosis is caused by a recessive allele. Is this true? So you could not know you have it?
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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