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Doctor insights on: Cystic Fibrosis Digestive Symptoms

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Conditions that mimic cystic fibrosis?

Conditions that mimic cystic fibrosis?

The list goes on : There are a whole variety of illnesses that can mimic CF from chronic cough , asthma , to immunodeficiency, broncho pulmonary dysphasia celiac disease , Alpha 1-anti trypsin deficiency. ...Read more

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Cystic Fibrosis (Definition)

A genetic disorder of the lungs and digestive tract that causes repeated lung infections and inhibits ...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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Can cystic fibrosis affect both respiratory and digestive system?

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Can cystic fibrosis affect both respiratory and digestive system?

Absolutely: The thicker mucous secretions inherent to cystic fibrosis (CF) can cause a relative obstruction in clearing the airway tree of particulate matter/germs. Similarly, these secretions can obstruct the passage of pancreatic enzymes into the intestine leading to mal-digestion. ...Read more

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Can cystic fibrosis cause chronic bronchitis?

Can cystic fibrosis cause chronic bronchitis?

Bronchiectasis: Chronic airway infection in CF is common; it isn't the same as "chronic bronchitis" precisely but has similar traits (copious purulent sputum production, discomfort, airway obstruction). More commonly the chronic infection and mucus plugging lead to airway destruction, dilation in a condition known as bronchiectasis. Google cts of the chest for both and take a look at the differences. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of cystic fibrosis?

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

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Does cystic fibrosis usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: The primary symptoms are pulmonary and digestive. Chronic lung disease and recurrent lung infections start early in life. Intestinal malapsortion because of digestive enzyme deficiency also occurs early. Other symptoms include meconium illius in the perinatal period, growth failure in childhood and a variety of symptoms in the second and third decades of life including diabetes. ...Read more

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Does cystic fibrosis cause immune deficiency?

Does cystic fibrosis cause immune deficiency?

No: Cystic fibrosis is not and does not lead to immune deficiency. It causes the pulmonary secretions to be excessively sticky which leads to recurrent/persistent lung and sinus infections. ...Read more

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How are meconium and meconium ileus in cystic fibrosis different?

Yes: Meconium is the normal fecal debris composing the accumulated intestinal contents at birth.It is heavily colored by bile, dark and sticky. Meconium ileus can occur when the meconium has abnormal glue like stickiness caused by CF and will not empty from the bowel.The blockage can require emergency surgery. ...Read more

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Can someone have addison's disease and cystic fibrosis?

Can someone have addison's disease and cystic fibrosis?

Yes, they CAN, but: Addison's disease has been associated with other autoimmune glandular disorders, including malabsorption and type i diabetes. But cf, although having pancreatic (including diabetes i) & GI deficiencies (malabsorption), is a chromosomal not autoimmune disorder. Their association would be purely coincidental. See: neufeld, m, et al. Medicine: september 1981 - volume 60 - issue 5 - ppg 355-362. ...Read more

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How can the cystic fibrosis gene affect tuberculosis?

How can the cystic fibrosis gene affect tuberculosis?

Lung Function: The gene itself will not affect tuberculosis. However, if an individual receives 2 recessive genes of the cftr mutation from their parents, they will develop cystic fibrosis (cf). Because CF can lead to repeated bacterial lung infections (among other things), the lungs would already be in a weakened state if exposed to the causative agent of tuberculosis. This might lead to faster disease onset. ...Read more

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Can cystic fibrosis affect both respiratory and digestive system?

Rishi Kumar Dr. Kumar
8 doctors agreed:

Absolutely: The thicker mucous secretions inherent to cystic fibrosis (CF) can cause a relative obstruction in clearing the airway tree of particulate matter/germs. Similarly, these secretions can obstruct the passage of pancreatic enzymes into the intestine leading to mal-digestion. ...Read more

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