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Cystic Fibrosis Chest Congestion
My 17 month old keeps getting a cold, sinus congestion and ear-aches. He gets sick once every 1-2 months, Cystic fibrosis? Screening was clear. latino
Follow up/Cilia: Children of this age can have multiple common viral illnesses during the course of a year, especially if they attend daycare. If he is otherwise well, growing and developing normally there may be no abnormality. Other considerations include defects in the cilia. It is important to follow up with you physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Airway Clearance: To help improve lung function & prevent chronic infections, it is important to do airway clearance therapies with the help of breathing treatments (hypertonic saline, recombinant dnase etc.) & techniques that help remove mucus (chest vest, acapella, manual chest physical therapy etc.). Exercise is also important for CF patients. Talk to your CF doctor about an appropriate airway clearance regimen. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the overlapping features of cystic fibrosis and tuberculosis, as revealed by chest x-ray? Responding in technical language is fine.
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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