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Cystic Fibrosis Age Of Onset
What would the synptoms of adult onset cystic fibrosis be? And would it be likely at my age. Even worth asking my doc about?
GI or pulmonary: Symptoms in the pulmonary system such as chronic infection or airway problems (bronchiectasis) or GI revolving around pancreatic disease (diabetes, malabsorption or pancreatitis). Adult forms are being described more and more. If you have problems in these areas, or have a family member with cf, check with your physician about a work up. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc2626352. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
No: You are born with cystic fibrosis, you don't "get" it later in life. It may not be diagnosed right away depending on the type and severity of symptoms. For example, a newborn with an intestinal blockage would be picked up quickly, but an older child or even an adult who presented with mostly sinus symptoms might not get diagnosed until later. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlikely: At age 49, a diagnosis of cystic fibrosis would be very unlikely. That being said, a diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis, which is different from cf, could be possible, and generally occurs later in life. Pulmonary fibrosis can give the same signs and symptoms as cf. You can experience shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, and weight loss. Smoking is a risk factor. ...Read more
Were all babies from 1997-present screened for Cystic fibrosis in the state of Texas? Also, at what age do the symptoms for cystic fibrosis set in?
No: If memory serves me well. CF was not added to the newborn screening program until later.About 10 years back, the state expanded its screening program from 5 to more than 25 conditions, including CF. The symptoms might present with bowel blockage at birth, obnoxious smelly stools in infancy or may not have obvious symptoms for years. There is some individual variation from case to case. ...Read more
I was born with cystic fibrosis. I'm now 35 and my lung function has gradually worsened the last years. I know that survival age is about 40 and I'm at peace with that. However, I still wonder: are there any recent findings about cystic fibrosis?
Mgt: I would advise following your lung function closely with your pulmonary specialist, optimizing your nutrition, and treating any exacerbations with antibiotics and chest physiotherapy. The use of DNAase has been shown to be effective. Some patients may benefit from treatments specifically targeted to their genotype. The CF foundation is another good resource for patients. Stay well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Art around what age do the obvious symptoms of cystic fibrosis set in? I'm worried of the disease although I played football for 5 years since 7th gra
GET TESTED: If you have grown normally to age 17 with no serious digestive or pulmonary issues,it is unlikely you could have this disease. If you are obsessed with the diagnosis, have testing done. They can test your blood and see if you are normal,an unaffected carrier or a variation of CF by analyzing your genes.Carriers don't get sick.If the gene test is negative you don't have it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: I would use a term "mild" or "atypical" form of cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is caused by mutation involving cftr gene, and there are a few hundred different mutations. Atypical or mild form of CF manifest at a later age than in infancy as often seen in classic form, and mild in symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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