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Dr. William Walsh
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Cystic Fibrosis (Overview)

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 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. ...Read more

Dr. William Walsh
981 doctors shared insights

Cystic Fibrosis (Overview)

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 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Living with Cystic Fibrosis (Tip)

Living with Cystic Fibrosis

CF treatment includes high protein and high calorie meals to offset weight loss/ CF GI problems. ...See more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more