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Do People Who Suffer From Cystic Fibrosis Sweat More Than Regular People Do
No: Patients with CF don't sweat more, but their sweat is more concentrated and will taste saltier. ...Read more
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
Extra loss: Cystic fibrosis is caused by a genetic mutation of cftr protein that moves chloride ions out of cells in respiratory tract, but into the cells in sweat gland ducts. Since cftr protein is not functional in CF pts, excess chloride gets secreted in their sweat, which causes the sweat to have higher salt concentration. That is why a sweat test measuring chloride is used as a diagnostic test for cf. ...Read more
Yes, Gold Standard: The gold standard for a diagnosis of CF is 2 back-to-back sweat chloride tests. However, the ability to run genetic tests and detect the disease in this fashion is becoming more common. In fact, it is now standard procedure in all 50 states for newborn babies to be screened, via blood from a heel prick, for cystic fibrosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My son & wife tested neg for Cystic Fibrosis through screening test, not sweat test. However my son has hirschsprung disease. Should I test for CF - or it's high unlikely I have it? I'm 32. Feel fine
I wouldn't: There is no relationship between Hirschprung disease and CF. If you wand to know if you are an asymptomatic carrier of CF, the tests are available. However, you don't get to age 30 without symptoms when you have the disease and your fertility would also be diminished.If your wife is not a carrier, you can not produce babies with CF. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hi i suffer with cystic fibrosis and i also have MRSA in the lungs and i was wondering if it is possible that i can get tattoos..
Be cautious: Speak with your pulmonologist who is most familiar with your current status for clearance, but Pseudomonas colonization in the lungs should not usually prevent you from having procedures performed on your skin. You have listed MRSA as one of your conditions, which may put you at much higher risk for severe skin infection from a tattoo. ...Read more
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