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

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

Dr. William Walsh
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Cystic Fibrosis (Definition)

A genetic disorder of the lungs and digestive tract. It causes recurrent lung infections and inhibits growth in patients and average life expectancy of patients with cystic fibrosis ...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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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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I have family members with cystic fibrosis. Is it possible to start show the symptoms in my 20's?

I have family members with cystic fibrosis. Is it possible to start show the symptoms in my 20's?

Yes: However, usually an adult who is diagnosed so late has usually had chronic problems with cough and "pneumonias". That said I've diagnosed a new case in a 38 year old woman. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a child getting cystic fibrosis among the different racial groups in the u.S.?

What are the chances of a child getting cystic fibrosis among the different racial groups in the u.S.?

Overall 1/3700: Acording to the CF foundation: the overall birth prevalence is 1/3700. It can occur in any race, however the greatest incidence is in caucasians of northern european descent, being 1/2500. The other major groups affected are hispanics 1/13500, african americans 1/15000.
More than 10 million of us carry one part of the defective gene, but to have the disease you must have a copy from both parents. ...Read more

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Can people with cystic fibrosis have children?

Can people with cystic fibrosis have children?

Women can: Men are infertile, but woman can have children, at a serious risk to their health. ...Read more

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Do males or females get cystic fibrosis and why?

Do males or females get cystic fibrosis and why?

Equal: More than 10 million americans are unknowing, symptomless carriers of the defective cystic fibrosis gene. In order to develop cf, an individual must inherit a defective gene from each parent. Since the CF gene is not on a sex chromosome (x or y), males and females are equally affected. ...Read more

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How can I cope with a child with cystic fibrosis?

How can I cope with a child with cystic fibrosis?

Support: Go to your local CF treatment center, they will have oodles of resources for you and your child. The CF foundation has a list of approved centers. ...Read more

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Does cystic fibrosis affect your physical appearance?

Does cystic fibrosis affect your physical appearance?

Not specifically: Most CF patients that are monitored and receiving regular healthcare can not be picked out in a crowd of people of similar age. If their disease were to go unrecognized and or untreated they would appear ill. ...Read more

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How can you get easily checked up for cystic fibrosis?

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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I'm worried I have cystic fibrosis. How do I get tested?

I'm worried I have cystic fibrosis. How do I get tested?

Sweat test: Cystic fibrosis is diagnosed by an abnormal sweat test and clinical symptoms that match the diagnosis. Genetic tests can also be done to determine if there are any mutations of the cftr gene that are known to cause cystic fibrosis. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get cystic fibrosis, or is it unusual?

Depends on ethnicity: CF is a genetic condition inherited from carrier parent. Carrier frequency depends on the ethnic background. 1/25 caucasians have one copy of normal, one copy of a mutated CF gene. Both genes have to be mutated to have cf. Hispanic carrier frequency 1/50, africanam 1/70, Asian 1/90. 1/5000 babies are born with cf, this may be decreasing, since pregnant females are now screened for CF ...Read more

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What is a good way to get checked up for cystic fibrosis?

Sweat chloride test: Talk to your physician who can direct you and order a test, if indicated. The gold standard test is the sweat chloride test. Blood testing may also be available, again, if indicated. ...Read more

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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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Do you know what cystic fibrosis is? What does it do to the body?

Do you know what cystic fibrosis is? What does it do to the body?

Genetic disease: CF is a genetic disease caused by an absence or a defect in the protein that moves sodium and chloride in and out of pit helical cells. This leads to thick mucus in several areas, particularly the pancrease (pancrelipase), (pancrelipase) lungs, and gut. In the lungs, the mucus itself leads to obstruction and can become chronically infected, the pancrease (pancrelipase) and gut can become clogged, leading to failure of the pancrease (pancrelipase). ...Read more

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Help please! Is cystic fibrosis something you can get in childhood?

Words matter: CF will be recognized or diagnosed in childhood, so in a way you could say you get it then. However, the word use is confusing. You don't "get it" like you get a strep throat, you are born with the abnormal gene information that causes the disease. ...Read more

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What are the causes of cystic fibrosis in more than one grandchild?

Gene defect: Parents of one CF patient have an equal (25%)chance of producing another with every conception. Although there is a possibility that an unaffected child would be born, you roll the dice every time. ...Read more

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What is cystic fibrosis and how is it diagnosed before the baby is born?

What is cystic fibrosis and how is it diagnosed before the baby is born?

Genetic illness: It is a genetic illness that affects the mucus in the lung and the pancreas, leading to progressive lung function decline and pancreatic insufficiency. It is usually diagnosed at birth with standard screening tests. Prior to birth, both parents can have genetic testing to assess their risk of having a child with cf. ...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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What are the annual hospitalization costs of having a child with cystic fibrosis?

What are the annual hospitalization costs of having a child with cystic fibrosis?

Varies considerably: There is considerable variance between children and between institutions for the cost of of hospitalizing a child with cf. Children have variable needs for hospitalization depending on their genotype and adherence to their regimen, and (unfortunately) there is a large amount of variance in practices while hospitalized and costs for these practices. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has cystic fibrosis and were hoping to attend a concert. Would that be wise?

Ask your doctor: People with CF can do all sorts of activities that other people can do. The answer more depends on the health of your boyfriend. I would have him ask his doctor. ...Read more

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Can there be any organs that are completely normal and able to be reused in someone with cystic fibrosis?

Yes: Things like corneas, muscles, tendons, bones are just a few examples of donatable tissues/organs in someone with CF. Thanks for considering organ donation! ...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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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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Atypical cystic fibrosis life expectancy?

Depends: Without a full exam and review of medical records and history of infections secondary to CF would be remiss in trying to become an actuarial. Go see a pulmonologist and discuss the options and likely outcomes. ...Read more

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Would smoking make cystic fibrosis worse?

Would smoking make cystic fibrosis worse?

Definitely: Cough and difficulty breathing are never improved by smoking and may be worse even with second hand smoke. If you have CF please do not start smoking as it will make the condition worse. ...Read more