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Doctor insights on: Cystic Fibrosis And Digestion

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Rishi Kumar Dr. Kumar
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Can cystic fibrosis affect both respiratory and digestive system?

Rishi Kumar Dr. Kumar
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Can cystic fibrosis affect both respiratory and digestive system?

Absolutely: The thicker mucous secretions inherent to cystic fibrosis (CF) can cause a relative obstruction in clearing the airway tree of particulate matter/germs. Similarly, these secretions can obstruct the passage of pancreatic enzymes into the intestine leading to mal-digestion. ...Read more

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Cystic Fibrosis (Definition)

A genetic disorder of the lungs and digestive tract that causes repeated lung infections and inhibits ...Read more


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Why is CF called "cystic" and "fibrosis"?

Why is CF called "cystic" and "fibrosis"?

Old Days: Back in the "old days, " patients with CF would frequently die, and the autopsy findings of the lungs showed scarring ("fibrosis") and bubbles ("cysts, " "cystic"). Thus, it was called cystic fibrosis. We know much more now about this disease, but the old name stuck. ...Read more

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Are cystic fibrosis and diabetes related?

In a way: Most patients with diabetes have either a failure of the pancrease (pancrelipase) to produce Insulin or develop resistance to Insulin for various reasons. In cf, there is pancreatic insufficiency due to injury to the pancrease (pancrelipase) from the disease itself... And this can lead to CF related diabetes (where more Insulin is needed). ...Read more

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How are meconium and meconium ileus in cystic fibrosis different?

Yes: Meconium is the normal fecal debris composing the accumulated intestinal contents at birth.It is heavily colored by bile, dark and sticky. Meconium ileus can occur when the meconium has abnormal glue like stickiness caused by CF and will not empty from the bowel.The blockage can require emergency surgery. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. What is it like living with cystic fibrosis?

Was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. What is it like living with cystic fibrosis?

It depends: It really depends on the severity of the disease. Not all patients experience the same symptoms and the same course. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary fibrosis the same as cystic fibrosis?

Is pulmonary fibrosis the same as cystic fibrosis?

No: Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease causing abnormal functioning of the mucus glands in the lung and leading to recurrent infections. Pulmonary fibrosis is a disease of progressive scarring causing loss of alveolar units that can have a variety of causes. ...Read more

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Why does cystic fibrosis is obstructive and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis restrictive? smh

Why does cystic fibrosis is obstructive and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis restrictive? smh

Cystic fibrosis: involves large amounts of mucus in the airways. Therefore it is difficult for air to flow due to mucus obstructing airways. Pulmonary fibrosis involves diffuse scar tissue in the lung parenchyma, making it difficult to expand (Restrictive). ...Read more

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Why do sufferers of cystic fibrosis have heart and lung transplants?

Why do sufferers of cystic fibrosis have heart and lung transplants?

Usually not: Most people with CF have neither, and almost never have a heart/lung transplant if thy do. Both lungs are usually transplanted partially to reduce the risk of infection. ...Read more

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How much can a lung transplant help with cystic fibrosis?

How much can a lung transplant help with cystic fibrosis?

Can benefit some: Lung transplantation is an option when the medical regimen can not prevent further decline in end stage lung disease. The timing of the transplantation is important in maximizing the benefit of the transplant. The average survival at one year is around 90%, five years is approx 55% depending on the center. I hope that this helps. Prmg pediatrics/respiratory fax 858 259 9689 for ?S. ...Read more

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Why do people with cystic fibrosis release enzymes to their small intestine?

Why do people with cystic fibrosis release enzymes to their small intestine?

Deficient enzymes: Pancreas in everyone makes enzymes that body uses to break down food. In person with CF, pancreatic ducts get blocked. This makes it harder for these enzymes to enter the small intestines. Decreased pancreatic secretions limit breakdown of fats, which cannot be absorbed by the small intestine because they are too large. Small intestine unable to neutralize acidic contents delivered from stomach. ...Read more

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Is cystic fibrosis because of mucus?

Kind of...: 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. ...Read more

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How can the cystic fibrosis gene affect tuberculosis?

How can the cystic fibrosis gene affect tuberculosis?

Lung Function: The gene itself will not affect tuberculosis. However, if an individual receives 2 recessive genes of the cftr mutation from their parents, they will develop cystic fibrosis (cf). Because CF can lead to repeated bacterial lung infections (among other things), the lungs would already be in a weakened state if exposed to the causative agent of tuberculosis. This might lead to faster disease onset. ...Read more

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When babies are born, are they screened for cystic fibrosis? Also, can a chest xray indicate cystic fibrosis in the lungs?

When babies are born, are they screened for cystic fibrosis? Also, can a chest xray indicate cystic fibrosis in the lungs?

Depends: The specifics of newborn screening are defined on a state to state basis. Many states screen for CF, but this was not added to the screening in my state until about 10 years ago. The x-ray changes that may be seen in some older CF patients are not present in early childhood and not specific to the disease when they are seen. ...Read more

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Does lung transplant improve quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis?

Does lung transplant improve quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis?

Yes: Improvement in quality of life after double lung transplant can be dramatic. Most patients come off of oxygen and have much better quality of life by 6 months after transplant. The improvement after lung transplant can last a long time (years). ...Read more

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Can someone have addison's disease and cystic fibrosis?

Can someone have addison's disease and cystic fibrosis?

Yes, they CAN, but: Addison's disease has been associated with other autoimmune glandular disorders, including malabsorption and type i diabetes. But cf, although having pancreatic (including diabetes i) & GI deficiencies (malabsorption), is a chromosomal not autoimmune disorder. Their association would be purely coincidental. See: neufeld, m, et al. Medicine: september 1981 - volume 60 - issue 5 - ppg 355-362. ...Read more