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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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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


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What is cystic fibrosis exactly?

What is cystic fibrosis exactly?

Inherited disease: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease that affects the cells lining the lungs, sinuses, intestines, spleen and liver. It prevents chloride ions from crossing the cell membranes properly. This can clog organ ducts. In the lungs, the extra mucus crushes the cilia and leads to more lung infections. Medications can help; in late-stage disease, lung transplantation may be life-saving. ...Read more

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Please describe the direct biological effect of cystic fibrosis?

Please describe the direct biological effect of cystic fibrosis?

Gene defect: A defective gene results in alteration of a protein that regulates movement of salt and water in and out of cells. This leads to thick sticky mucus and very salty sweat. The thick mucus can block tubes both in the lungs and in the abdomen, especially the pancreas. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have cystic fibrosis?

Sweat test: The gold standard to diagnose cystic fibrosis is the sweat test, which measures the amount of chloride in the sweat. The test takes a few minutes to an hour and is painless. It is done in specialized clinics and hospitals. ...Read more

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Is good to work outside while having cystic fibrosis?

Is good to work outside while having cystic fibrosis?

CF and environment: Depending on the severity of your cf, leading an active healthy lifestyle outside is not a fantasy. Common sense will dictate avoidance germs by simple hand hygiene (wash, wipe, alcohol base hand gels). Knowing your CF treatment plan as per your pulmonologist/specialist is important for slowing down the progression/maintaining a more resilient defense against bacterial/chronic lung infection. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for cystic fibrosis?

None: There is no best or fastest treatment for cystic fibrosis. It is by far an incurable disease. So far, treatment has been focused upon prevention and treatment of complications. ...Read more

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My cystic fibrosis daughter wants rabbits. Is it safe to have pets like that around?

Caution advised: Rabbits are generally safe as pets, but they can sometimes get infected with pseudomonas or bordetella or staph aureus - infectious organisms that are of significant concern for CF patients. ...Read more

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What are the causess of cystic fibrosis and physical deformities like clubbed feet?

What are the causess of cystic fibrosis and physical deformities like clubbed feet?

Genetic: CF is caused by mutations in the cftr gene - mostly they are inhereted from both the mother and father who are carriers (but rarely these mutations can occur spontaneously). Club feet can be caused by several circumstances - some from a generic defect, some from problems during fetal deveopment or toxic exposures. ...Read more