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Could You Develop Cystic Fibrosis As A Teenager
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, ...Read more
Unlikely: At age 49, a diagnosis of cystic fibrosis would be very unlikely. That being said, a diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis, which is different from cf, could be possible, and generally occurs later in life. Pulmonary fibrosis can give the same signs and symptoms as cf. You can experience shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, and weight loss. Smoking is a risk factor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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
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
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
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
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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