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Cystic Fibrosis Gene Carrier Symptoms
From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more
Autosomal recessive: CF is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder. Complete expression of the disease (symptoms) do not typically occur in people who do not have both copies of the defective gene (carriers only have one). ...Read more
What are the chances of passing on the Cystic Fibrosis gene if only one parent is a CARRIER? Other parent not a carrier.
50-50: One half of offspring will be carriers and one half will not be carriers. No offspring will be afflicted. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
Is there a resource out there that discusses the different cystic fibrosis gene mutations & which symptoms are associated with each one?
Http://www. Cff. Org/
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Did genetic testing - was told at 43 - I have 2 cystic fibrosis variants- never had any symptoms. They can't tell if in trans or cis Even though possible, how common is it to have 2 mutations in cis. I am awaiting mother's results for confirmation?
There are many CFTR mutations currently identifiable by testing.
Your genetic variants may not cause symptoms. A CF sweat test can be performed at the hospital. ...Read more
CF gene mutations: There are currently more than 1900 mutations that are known to cause cf. About 70% of CF pts in us have deltaf508 mutation, as 1 in every 25 persons is a carrier for this mutation. All these mutations result in abnormal activity of a protein called cftr which causes all the CF related problems. Genetic testing can give the specific mutation each pt has. Talk to your local CF center. ...Read more
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
No: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetically inherited disease, so CF or cf-related disease (atypical cf, crms) rely on having at least 1 inherited gene. The other part of CF diagnosis is having an elevated sweat chloride. It is possible to have a positive sweat chloride due to other circumstances (thyroid imbalance, trisomy 21), but without CF genetics, there cannot be a diagnosis of cf. ...Read more
Me and my partner both carry cystic fibrosis genes. How do we be sure to have a child without cystic fibrosis?
Not available yet: Gene therapy is not available for cystic fibrosis (CF) yet (2012). Having said that, the underlying concept is that since CF is a genetic disease (meaning there is a defect in a gene), by repairing that defect through gene therapy, one can, hopefully, cure the disease. ...Read more
Trials: Clinical trials for genetic therapy are underway. As of this time there is no approved method for gene tx in cf. Kalydeco, (ivacaftor) a new drug, dose reverse the effects of one subtype of cf, but it dose so by aiding the damaged sodium-chloride transporter to get in proper position and function normally. ...Read more
No and yes: Safe effective gene therapy for CF is a dream that we have yet to realize, but there are many excellent CF centers in the us. The CF foundation is an excellent source of information on these centers. The treatments for CF are improving, and expanding constantly. The life expectancy for patients with CF has steadily increased but is still limited by pulmonary disease. ...Read more
Cure: Depending on the type of gene therapy, gene therapy can be a cure, if the underlying genetic problem is corrected. Of course, any damage done to the body by the disease up to that point may, or may not be, reversible. ...Read more
So far not at all: Trying to replace the faulty gene has been a failure so far. The new science of epigenetics tells us that our genes (even "bad" ones) are changed by diet and life style. I havegiven children with CF vitamin supplements. They help greatly but there is no cure. Find a physician who uses nutrient treatment. ...Read more
Vertex 770 is new:
There are new approaches to potentiate and correct the genetic deffect in cf, one of which is vetex 770 which could potentiate to increase function of the chloride channels. Actual gene correction is years away.
Shahzeidi, md. ...Read more
What affect does gene therapy for people with cystic fibrosis have on the evolution of human and/or other species?
Same as...: ...Any other lifesaving interventions: it increases, by a tiny amount, the probability that more lifesaving interventions will be needed in the next generation. Considering that appendicitis and strep throat are among illnesses that killed people before such interventions were possible, CF is not a major contributor to evolutionary pressure. ...Read more
Can u have atypical cystic fibrosis if u have asthma, severe pancreas involvement & CFTR m470v? Report indicates a 2nd gene may be rare or unknown
Maybe: Surprisingly, M470V is a common variation. Studies have shown 50% of the population has this mutation and actually less likely to cause CF. Most individuals with CF and carry M470V have some other hidden etiology that is the cause, rather than M470V. Genetic expression may be variable and so will be the clinical manifestations. Speak with your doc and a geneticist for specific information. ...Read more
What do you advise if I'm wondering how exactly cystic fibrosis could be cured through gene therapy. Would the cells in only the lungs be treated?
Start with this link: Http://cystic-fibrosis. Emedtv. Com/cystic-fibrosis/cystic-fibrosis-gene-therapy. HtmlGet a more detailed answer ›
Correct gene defects: Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder where a dysfunctional cftr protein causes problems in various organ systems. By restoring the function of this protein in the involved body systems, it is hoped that normal functionality will be restored & the harmful effects of CF disease will improve. There are still several obstacles before it can be successfully implemented in CF patients everywhere. ...Read more
My husband 82 yr old grandpa was diagnosis w cystic fibrosis. Should I get my kids tested one is 2 1/2 and 5 1/2 or never had any genetic tests done?
Check: Out cff. Org.Get a more detailed answer ›