cystic fibrosis

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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.
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what is cystic fibrosis?

Genetic disorder

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It is a genetic disorder characterized by abnormal sodium channels, which affect a great deal of problems including the respiratory and digestive systems. It is most commonly diagnosed in infants failing to gain appropriate weight, and in children who have multiple chronic infections.
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Can you die of cystic fibrosis?

Yes but

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Yes but with early diagnosis and regular care and adherence to prescribed therapy by a pediatric pulmonologist the long term survival has improved greatly in the past two decades.
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What is risk of cystic fibrosis?

Depends on genes

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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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what is cystic fibrosis exactly?

Inherited disease

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Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease that affects the cells lining the lungs, sinuses, intestines, spleen and liver. It prevents chloride ions from crossing the cell membranes properly. This can clog organ ducts. In the lungs, the extra mucus crushes the cilia and leads to more lung infections. Medications can help; in late-stage disease, lung transplantation may be life-saving.
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Dr. Karl Muench answered:

Can you die from cystic fibrosis?

Yes.

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Although the complications of cystic fibrosis are treatable, and although the available treatments are helpful, the disorder shortens the normal life expectancy.
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Cystic fibrosis, is it sexlinked?

Autosomal recessive.

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Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is not sex-linked, but autosomal recessive. That means both parents can be silent carriers--totally unaware--then each passes down this recessive (inactive) gene to their child. This child develops CF because both copies of the formerly inactive gene (1 from each parent) now have no genetic "brake" (normal dominant gene) to prevent the CF gene from expressing itself.
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Can this baby have cystic fibrosis?

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Babies can have cystic fibrosis.
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What is a test for cystic fibrosis?

Genetic or sweat

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Most cases these days are caught at birth by genetic screening tests; rarer forms can be detected by the sweat chloride test. A positive test is usually still confirmed by genetic testing.
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how do you test for cystic fibrosis?

Sweat test

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Special test of an imbalance of chloride movement in the membranes
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Is cystic fibrosis because of mucus?

Kind of...

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Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease. Patients with the disease are born with a defective gene that is part of the body's system for making mucus, sweat, and digestive fluids. Their mucus is therefore abnormally thick and causes blockages in the lungs, pancreas and other organs that damage them and make them prone to infections and other problems.
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