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Dr. William Walsh
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Cystic Fibrosis (Overview)

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 is approximately 40 years.


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What are treatments for cystic fibrosis at home?

What are treatments for cystic fibrosis at home?

CF home treatments: Long term care of CF at home requires regular use of airway clearance therapies to keep lungs clear. Several methods to remove secretions with help of inhaled medications & devices (chest vest, manual percussion) are utilized. Chronic lung infections may also require use of inhaled antibiotics. Please consult a pediatric pulmonologist at a CF center to help guide therapy based on individual needs.

Dr. William Walsh
990 Doctors shared insights

Cystic Fibrosis (Overview)

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 is approximately 40 years.


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What are some symptoms of cystic fibrosis. 4month old w/ recurrent URI & GERD & mid retractions for over 4 weeks? Dr not too concered.

What are some symptoms of cystic fibrosis. 4month old w/ recurrent URI & GERD & mid retractions for over 4 weeks? Dr not too concered.

CF screening: Presenting symptoms in CF can be varied and can be missed early in life. Some of the symptoms include poor growth, oily stools, constipation, meconium ileus, coughing, wheezing, recurrent lung infections, if you would like me to review the records, they can be faxed to prmg, 858 259 9689 at no charge to you. You may want to discuss CF screening with your physician.

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What is risk of cystic fibrosis?

What is risk of cystic fibrosis?

Depends on genes: The risk of acquiring cystic fibrosis (CF) depends on whether the parents of a child are carriers for the gene. It is estimated that about 1 in 20 americans are carriers of the CF gene. In order for a child to acquire the disease, both parents must be carriers. If both parents are carriers, there is then a 25% chance that the child will acquire the disease.

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How does cystic fibrosis affect social development?

How does cystic fibrosis affect social development?

Significantly: CF is associated with repeated lung infections that result in absence from school and social activities.

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At what age do the symptoms of cystic fibrosis first appear?

Varies: Unfortunately, there is no correct answer to this. It really varies and depends on various factors, including the type of mutation a patient may have. Symptoms may start soon after birth, or years later.

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Is there a common age to start showing signs of cystic fibrosis?

Birth to teen years: The most common variant of CF is detected at birth or would appear shortly thereafter anyway. Most cases are caught by the teen years, but rarer forms show up as late as 30 or so.

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Can an early cystic fibrosis test rule out the possibility of a late in life diagnosis?

Can an early cystic fibrosis test rule out the possibility of a late in life diagnosis?

Depends on test: Depending on the original test that was performed, it is unlikely that a diagnosis of CF will be made later in life. Most of the testing that is done today is highly accurate. If you are referring to yourself, at age 31, if the diagnosis of CF has not yet been made, and you have been relatively healthy all of your life, I would say it is unlikely you have it.

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What is most commonly used to diagnose cystic fibrosis in the fetus? Cvs? Amniotic fluid?

What is most commonly used to diagnose cystic fibrosis in the fetus? Cvs? Amniotic fluid?

Bllod work: The most common and least invasive is the screening blood test for cf. If positive, the partner gets tested. If both are carriers than a OB specialist will discuss further testing with you and your partner.

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What is cystic fibrosis and how is it diagnosed before the baby is born?

What is cystic fibrosis and how is it diagnosed before the baby is born?

Genetic illness: It is a genetic illness that affects the mucus in the lung and the pancreas, leading to progressive lung function decline and pancreatic insufficiency. It is usually diagnosed at birth with standard screening tests. Prior to birth, both parents can have genetic testing to assess their risk of having a child with cf.

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If you're expecting a baby, how can you test for cystic fibrosis?

If you're expecting a baby, how can you test for cystic fibrosis?

See below: Fetal blood obtained through chorionic villi sampling or fetal cells acquired through amniocentesis can be utilized to test for cystic fibrosis. If both parent is carrier of the gene, their offspring has a 25% chance of having cf. Consult your obstetrician for further details.

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What would experts say about alteration to the generic code that causes cystic fibrosis?

What would experts say about alteration to the generic code that causes cystic fibrosis?

Many different...: Mutations in the cftr gene cause cystic fibrosis. The cftr gene provides instructions for making a channel that transports negatively charged particles called chloride ions into and out of cells. More than 1, 000 different mutations in the cftr gene have been identified in people with cystic fibrosis.

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What does it mean to have cystic fibrosis? Is this a noncurable disease?

Lung disease, & yes.: Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes thick secretions in the lungs and many other organs in the body. It is most often diagnosed in childhood. Children with this disease often have recurrent lung infections, as well as complications such as diabetes, intestinal obstruction, and liver disease. It is not curable, but the latest treatments allow patients to live into their forties.

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How should gene therapy treat these two diseases. Cystic fibrosis and parkinson disease?

Correct gene defects: Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder where a dysfunctional cftr protein causes problems in various organ systems. By restoring the function of this protein in the involved body systems, it is hoped that normal functionality will be restored & the harmful effects of CF disease will improve. There are still several obstacles before it can be successfully implemented in CF patients everywhere.

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What is cystic fibrosis? What are its sympyoms and how to treat it?

It is a genetic: Disorder that causes thick, sticky mucus in the lungs and digestive tract. Most common chronic lung disease in children.Symptoms-cough, poor weight gain, loss of appetite, salt tasting skin, constipation fatigue erc. Need oxygen, take enzymes, antibiotics for recurrent pneumonia etc.

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Are there official recommendations for treating cystic fibrosis?

CF center: The usual suggestion for those with CF is to get treated at a CF center (a center accredited by the CF foundation) that has a multidisciplinary clinic. Nutrition, exercise, pulmonary toilet, and medications vary by age, lung function, and other problems and should be individualized. Http://www. Cff. Org/livingwithcf/carecenternetwork/cffoundation-accreditedcarecenters/ can help you find one.

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What is the best treatment for cystic fibrosis?

Depends: Cystic fibrosis (CF) can affect many organs. The pancreas and lungs are the most commonly and severely affected. It is a rare disease that requires treatment by specialized doctors, ideally through a cystic fibrosis foundation accredited care center. For more info, link to www. Cff. Org.

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