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Cystic Fibrosis Abdominal Distension
18 yr old has pain in lower parts of right side of abdomen, side, and right lower back has history of lapband, h pyloria, poly cy cystic fibrosis
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
Get tested: Testing for cystic fibrosis starts with a sweat test. If that is abnormal, genetic testing in the blood is used to confirm the diagnosis by finding the specific genetic mutations. In general, people with CF have recurrent pulmonary infections and abdominal discomfort/diarrhea due to fat malabsorption. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Not every day is bad with cystic fibrosis! the severity of the disease varies from patient to patient. Some patient may not feel they have anything wrong with them. Others may experience breathing difficulties or other symptoms, for example abdominal discomfort. Patients with CF often are required to take numerous medications a day and receive numerous breathing treatments as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My wife & son passed california newborn screening for CF, does that mean odds are low for typical cystic fibrosis or mild form?
Newborn screening : for Cystic Fibrosis is done by Immunoreactive Trypsinogen, IRT. If othe IRT level is ^, DNA tests for CF gene mutations are done on blood on the Guthrie card. CF Foundation-accredited Care Centers in CA look for an "intermediate" sweat chloride result in young infants who do not gain wt. & have bad gas, abdominal pain & loose or hard stools &/or wheezing/coughing for > 2 wks. to diagnose CRMS. ...Read more
Angioendema?Can it be caused by ACE inhibitors.Can a ACE test level be decreased in other conditions.Emphysema, lung cancer, cystic fibrosis.Copd ?
ACE Inhibitors: Angiotensin converting enzyme (ace) inhibitors are the leading cause of drug-induced angioedema in the U.S. Because they are widely prescribed. Most common is swelling of the lips, tongue, or face, although episodic abdominal pain due to intestinal angioedema may occur. Urticaria and itching are notably absent. The rest of the question is too complex to address here. Thanks. ...Read more
Inherited disease: 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. ...Read more
Abdominal swelling, or distention, is more often caused by overeating than by a serious illness. This problem can be caused by: air swallowing (a nervous habit), buildup of fluid in the abdomen (this can be a sign of a serious medical problem), gas in the intestines from eating foods that are high in fiber (such as fruits and vegetables), irritable ...Read more
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