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Cystic Fibrosis Vs Asthma
CF vs asthma: There is some overlap. Kids with CF often have other symptoms besides their respiratory ones, like oily stool, failure to gain weight, diarrhea. They can also get frequent bacterial lung infections that children with asthma do not often get. They also tend to produce phlegm that is thicker, white/green and looks more like pus, than the white/clear phlegm that children with asthma produce. ...Read more
Confusing question: Patients with any of the listed conditions can have an infection or infestation by a common pathogen (they can all get strep throat).There is no unifying pathogen that causes all the conditions listed. Perhaps your question is really something else and the words are not quite able to address it. ...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
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
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
Recessive gene: A mutation is carried in the dna of both unaffected parents & that matching or similar mutation is paired up at conception when the sperm & egg form completed chromasomes with the defective info. Late in pregnancy and after delivery, the effect of the CF gene abnormality begins to reveal itself. In carriers, the good gene compensates for the bad & no problems occur. ...Read more
Recessive genes: A mutation is carried in the dna of both unaffected parents ; that matching or similar mutation is paired up at conception when the sperm ; egg form completed chromasomes with the defective info. Late in pregnancy and after delivery, the effect of the CF gene abnormality begins to reveal itself. In carriers, the good gene compensates for the bad ; no problems occur. ...Read more
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
Cystic fibrosis (CF): An inherited condition that affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices. These secreted fluids are normally thin & slippery. But in cf, a defective gene causes the secretions to become thick and sticky. Instead of acting as a lubricant, the secretions plug up tubes, especially in the lungs and pancreas. Treatments are aimed at preventing lung infections & improving nutrition. ...Read more
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
Organ donation is possible and should be discussed with Lifelink. Many people do not realize that other useful tissues like heart valves, tendons, corneas are part of the donation process as well and can help recipients. In CF lungs heart, pancreas and liver are likely not able to be shared.
http://www. Lifelinkfound. Org/index. Cfm ...Read more
Recessive: Cystic fibrosis (CF) requires both copies of the gene to carry a mutation (one copy each from mother and father). The way a person usually gets CF is if both of their parents are unaffected carriers (one mutated copy and one normal copy). In this situation, there is a 25% chance that the offspring will get cf, 50% chance of being an unaffected carrier, and a 25% of inheriting two normal copies. ...Read more
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
If you are 45 and have not manifested signs of cystic fibrosis then you don't have it and need not worry. The disease is a genetic defect that requires both genes of the pair to be effected to manifest itself. If you and your partner each carry one defective gene then 25% of your children on average could be affected. See:
http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/cystic_fibrosis
for more info. ...Read more
I have family members with cystic fibrosis. Is it possible to start show the symptoms in my 20's?
What are the chances of a child getting cystic fibrosis among the different racial groups in the u.S.?
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
Kind of...: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease. Patients with the disease are born with a defective gene that is part of the body's system for making mucus, sweat, and digestive fluids. Their mucus is therefore abnormally thick and causes blockages in the lungs, pancreas and other organs that damage them and make them prone to infections and other problems. ...Read more
Testing; can be: Cystic fibrosis (CF) can be diagnosed with appropriate examination by a doctor and a sweat chloride testing. No single symptom is unique to that disease. CF can be deadly, at any age, young or old. Severity varies greatly, and lung (respiratory) failure is the most common cause of death from cf. ...Read more
It is a genetic: Disorder that causes thick, sticky mucus in the lungs and digestive tract. Most common chronic lung disease in children.Symptoms-cough, poor weight gain, loss of appetite, salt tasting skin, constipation fatigue erc. Need oxygen, take enzymes, antibiotics for recurrent pneumonia etc. ...Read more
Stinky, runny poo: No enzymes= poor or no absorption of food products. Poor absorption = bulky stinky stool that are partially digested by the germs in your gut, and significant weight loss for you as your body begins to self destruct. ...Read more