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Cystic Fibrosis (Definition)

A genetic disorder of the lungs and digestive tract. It causes recurrent lung infections and inhibits growth in patients and average life expectancy of patients with cystic fibrosis ...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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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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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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I have family members with cystic fibrosis. Is it possible to start show the symptoms in my 20's?

I have family members with cystic fibrosis. Is it possible to start show the symptoms in my 20's?

Yes: However, usually an adult who is diagnosed so late has usually had chronic problems with cough and "pneumonias". That said i've diagnosed a new case in a 38 year old woman. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a child getting cystic fibrosis among the different racial groups in the u.S.?

What are the chances of a child getting cystic fibrosis among the different racial groups in the u.S.?

Overall 1/3700: Acording to the CF foundation: the overall birth prevalence is 1/3700 . It can occur in any race, however the greatest incidence is in caucasians of northern european descent, being 1/2500. The other major groups affected are hispanics 1/13500, african americans 1/15000. More than 10 million of us carry one part of the defective gene, but to have the disease you must have a copy from both parents. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have cystic fibrosis?

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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What can be done for cystic fibrosis sufferers?

Supportive care: CF patients benefit from active coordinated care involving their pcp and a regional cystic fibrosis care center.These are usually part of a children's hospital and involve pediatric pulmonologists and other respiratory care specialists. ...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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How likely is it that I am a cystic fibrosis carrier?

How likely is it that I am a cystic fibrosis carrier?

About 1 in 25: The likelihood of being a carrier for CF depends on your ethnic background. Among whites it is about 1 in 25 or 30 and in hispanics 1 in 45 or so. It is lower in african americans and asians. If there is a known person in your family with CF that will increase the risk of being a carrier. CF was only known as a disease in 1938, so before that babies died of pneumonia or diarrhea, not cf. ...Read more

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How would i be able to tell if I have cystic fibrosis?

A sweat test : Talk with your doctor about your symptoms. If cystic fibrosis is a concern then a sweat test may help. ...Read more

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Can you be a carrier of cystic fibrosis and not be aware?

Yes, most don't : The carrier state does not affect the health of an individual and is usually discovered only after a carrier couple gives birth to an affected child.It can be picked up by specialized testing.Estimates suggest 5% of caucasions are asymptomatic aarriers of the gene. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cystic fibrosis?

Genetic disorder: 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, new therapies being developed. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cystic fibrosis - is there a cure?

Lots of symptoms: Cystic fibrosis is a complicated disease. It can affect many different organ symptoms including respiratory, gi, and genitourinary. This is usually diagnosed in childhood, and there is no cure. ...Read more