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How can you get easily checked up for cystic fibrosis?

How can you get easily checked up for cystic fibrosis?

Sweat chloride test: CF is an abnormality of chloride channels. A simple test where they tape a special paper to your arm and measure the amount of chloride in your sweat can help rule in or out cf. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Cystic Fibrosis (Definition)

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder involving lungs & digestive tract, causing recurrent lung infections due to thick inspissated mucus & poor growth in majority of patients due to malabsorption. Treatment involves inhaled respiratory therapies to prevent lung disease & pancreatic enzymes to enable absorption of nutrients. Average life expectancy is near 40 years, ...Read more


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At what age do the symptoms of cystic fibrosis first appear?

At what age do the symptoms of cystic fibrosis first appear?

Varies: Unfortunately, there is no correct answer to this. It really varies and depends on various factors, including the type of mutation a patient may have. Symptoms may start soon after birth, or years later. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of having cystic fibrosis?

Vary: They vary among individuals. Failure to gain weight, diarrhea or fatty stool, cough, frequent lung and sinus infections are some of the common symptoms. ...Read more

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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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Can you die of cystic fibrosis?

Yes but: Yes but with early diagnosis and regular care and adherence to prescribed therapy by a pediatric pulmonologist the long term survival has improved greatly in the past two decades. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is cystic fibrosis (c.F.)?

Progressive disease: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a progressive, lifelong condition in which the glands that produce mucus, sweat, and intestinal secretions do not function properly. Thick mucus accumulates in the lungs, leading to breathing difficulty and infection. CF also impairs digestion, and affected males are usually infertile. ...Read more

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What is risk of cystic fibrosis?

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 more

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How can I know if I have cystic fibrosis?

Get tested: Testing for cystic fibrosis starts with a sweat test. If that is abnormal, genetic testing in the blood is used to confirm the diagnosis by finding the specific genetic mutations. In general, people with CF have recurrent pulmonary infections and abdominal discomfort/diarrhea due to fat malabsorption. ...Read more

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