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I'm worried I have cystic fibrosis. I haven't had a cough in eight years til last month but I also now have oil with stool. What are the chances?

I'm worried I have cystic fibrosis. I haven't had a cough in eight years til last month but I also now have oil with stool. What are the chances?

Small possibility: Atypical cystic fibrosis, not classic one, can be diagnosed in late childhood or later. Affected ones usually shows mild symptoms and sweat test could be normal. ...Read more

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Foul Smelling Stools (Definition)

You might say don't all stools smell foul? E. Coli gives stool its normal bad smell. However, foul-smelling stools smell worse than normal. This could be due to giardia type infections which can cause malabsorption or increased sulfur producing bacteria in the colon which will cause ...Read more


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What's the color of cystic fibrosis poop/stool in toddler?

What's the color of cystic fibrosis poop/stool in toddler?

Should be normal: For someone with cystic fibrosis who has known pancreatic insufficiency, treatment with pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy should lead to normalization of stool consistency & frequency. For untreated patients, CF related malabsorption causes bulky, frothy, oily, exceptionally foul smelling stools that are more frequent and loose/watery (diarrhea-like). There is no characteristic color in CF pts. ...Read more

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Can someone be diagnose with cystic fibrosis in their 40's?

Can someone be diagnose with cystic fibrosis in their 40's?

As a carrier: Genetic carrier testing: more than 10 million americans are symptomless carriers of the defective CF gene. This blood test can help detect carriers, who could pass CF onto their children. To have cystic fibrosis, a child must inherit one copy of the defective CF gene from each parent. ...Read more

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How can cystic fibrosis affect p.I.E.S development?

Certainly: Cystic Fibrosis (CF) most common life-limiting genetic disorder of Caucasians, affecting approximately 30K people in the US.A, impacting mainly respiratory function. In recent years patients symptoms better controlled by genetic findings and better medications.Emotional & phys. development depend on severity, time in hospital, complications.Morb. & mort.factors afect emotional,cognitive behavior. ...Read more

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I have symptoms of cystic fibrosis. Is it possible to start show the symptoms in my 30's?

Yes: Yes it is possible. Presentation of cystic fibrosis varies greatly, and it is possible, depending on your specific mutation (and other factors) to present at a later age. In order to prevent late diagnoses, all states now have a newborn screen in place for cystic fibrosis. ...Read more

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Could a 49 year old develop cystic fibrosis?

Yes and No: Patients are born with cystic fibrosis. However it can take many years for the disease to become apparent in some patients. Thus, it is possible to be diagnosed with CF later in life but not to develop CF later in life. ...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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What is done for a child with cystic fibrosis?

What is done for a child with cystic fibrosis?

Supportive care: CF patients benefit from active coordinated care involving their pcp and a regional cystic fibrosis care center.These are usually part of a children's hospital and involve pediatric pulmonologists and other respiratory care specialists. ...Read more

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