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Dr. William Walsh
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Cystic Fibrosis (Overview)

Cystic fibrosis is a hereditary condition in which a person has problems moving secretions (such as mucus) out of the lungs. Other parts of the body, such as the pancreas, intestines, and sweat glands are also affected. Mucus in the lungs is too thick and traps bacteria, leading to persistent infections.


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What is the definition or description of: cystic fibrosis?

Dr. Lokesh Guglani
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What is the definition or description of: cystic fibrosis?

Genetic disorder: 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, new therapies being developed. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Cystic Fibrosis (Overview)

Cystic fibrosis is a hereditary condition in which a person has problems moving secretions (such as mucus) out of the lungs. Other parts of the body, such as the pancreas, intestines, and sweat glands are also affected. Mucus in the lungs is too thick and traps bacteria, leading to persistent infections.


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How does cystic fibrosis affect social development?

Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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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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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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Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
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At what age do the symptoms of cystic fibrosis first appear?

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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?

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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

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

Dr. Jennifer Diabo
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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. ...Read more

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

Dr. William Walsh
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Not usually done: Usually done at birth with genetic testing by heel pick. Cvs would demonstrate CF if tested for specifically, but it is not one of the diseases looked for in standard prenatal testing. ...Read more

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

Dr. William Walsh
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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. ...Read more

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