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Is it possible for a person to have a "minor" form of cystic fibrosis so-to-speak? And if yes, how would it manifest?
Yes: I would rather use a term "mild" or "atypical" instead of minor 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
Depends on genes: The risk of acquiring cystic fibrosis (CF) depends on whether the parents of a child are carriers for the gene. It is estimated that about 1 in 20 americans are carriers of the CF gene. In order for a child to acquire the disease, both parents must be carriers. If both parents are carriers, there is then a 25% chance that the child will acquire the disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cough, poor growth: Common symptoms of cystic fibrosis include cough, wheeze, recurrent lung infections, poor growth, foul smelling stools, salty sweat, clubbing, and rectal prolapse. The more symptoms the greater the chance of having cystic fibrosis. Most infants today are diagnosed by newborn screening for CF before they develop any symptoms and early therapy can minimize disease symptoms. ...Read more
Recessive gene: A mutation is carried in the dna of both unaffected parents & that matching or similar mutation is paired up at conception when the sperm & egg form completed chromasomes with the defective info. Late in pregnancy and after delivery, the effect of the CF gene abnormality begins to reveal itself. In carriers, the good gene compensates for the bad & no problems occur. ...Read more