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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

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 more

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Dr. Duane Gels
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Chest Congestion (Definition)

Chest congestion is a symptom of increased secretions in the airways, which often occurs with viral or bacterial infections of the lung or upper airway. Sometimes chest congestion can be a sign of fluid buildup within the lung ...Read more


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What to do to help your chest when you have cystic fibrosis?

What to do to help your chest when you have cystic fibrosis?

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

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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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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?

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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Dr. William Walsh
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Cystic Fibrosis (Definition)

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder of the lungs and digestive tract. It causes recurrent lung infections and inhibits growth in patients. Average life expectancy of patients with cystic fibrosis ...Read more


Dr. Mark Loury
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Congestion (Definition)

Congestion refers to any situation of "backup of fluid." Congestion may refer to the sinuses being backed up with mucus, while pulmonary congestion refers to a backup of fluid into the lungs due to ...Read more