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What would the synptoms of adult onset cystic fibrosis be? And would it be likely at my age. Even worth asking my doc about?

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 more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Cystic Fibrosis (Definition)

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


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At what age do the symptoms of cystic fibrosis first appear?

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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L am 58 can I get cystic fibrosis at that age.

L am 58 can I get cystic fibrosis at that age.

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 more

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Is there a common age to start showing signs of cystic fibrosis?

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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Is it possible for a woman be diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the late age of 67 years?

Is it possible for a woman be diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the late age of 67 years?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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 more

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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 more

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Can adult onset cystic fibrosis occur to male 44 old please?

Can adult onset cystic fibrosis occur to male 44 old please?

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 more

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How can you get easily checked up for cystic fibrosis?

Sweat chloride test: CF is an abnormality of chloride channels. A simple test where they tape a special paper to your arm and measure the amount of chloride in your sweat can help rule in or out cf. ...Read more

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