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What are the main causes of death for cf?

What are the main causes of death for cf?

Respiratory failure: respiratory infection leading to respiratory failure is one of the main causes of death in CF ...Read more

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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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What is testing for CF on a fetus like?

What is testing for CF on a fetus like?

Blood test: First the mom is tested and if positive the father should be tested and a meeting with a genetic counselor should occur to discuss risks of CF on the baby and implications and choices. ...Read more

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Where in the us provides the best climate for CF patients?

Where in the us provides the best climate for CF patients?

Climate & CF: The best outcomes for CF related lung disease are with regular use of airway clearance therapies & inhaled medications, maintaining good nutritional status & closely monitoring for CF related complications at an accredited CF center. Climate will not make any significant difference if you are not doing your prescribed treatments & therapies. Good compliance with therapies will ensure best results. ...Read more

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What changes does a parent have to make for a child with cf?

What changes does a parent have to make for a child with cf?

Disease Management: There are a number of factors that need to be considered in raising a child with cf. These decisions also depend on the severity and manifestations of CF in the individual child. It is best to work with your pediatrician and/or pediatric pulmonologist to come up with a plan for how to provide the best preventative care as a team approach. ...Read more

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Why do people with CF have salt crystals form on their skin?

Why do people with CF have salt crystals form on their skin?

Sweat malfunction: CF is a genetic disease that causes dysfunction in the bodies production of sweat and mucous production. Because not enough liquid is produced during sweating the salt found in the gland concentrates. http://www.webmd.com/lung/what-is-cystic-fibrosis ...Read more

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Does clear stretchy CF mean ovulation or just that I'm fertile?

Does clear stretchy CF mean ovulation or just that I'm fertile?

Ovulation: Clear stretchy mucus is a sign of ovulation, usually starting a day or two before ovulation and stopping soon afterwards. ...Read more

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Could you and your partner have to carry the same mutation of cf?

Could you and your partner have to carry the same mutation of cf?

Confusing question: There are tests to define the mutation carried by asymptomatic CF carriers.The majority carry the same mutation, delta f508, but there are many others. The variation on different possible pairings is felt responsible for differing expression of CF patterns. ...Read more

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Do you and your partner have to carry the same mutation to have a child with CF ?

Do you and your partner have to carry the same mutation to have a child with CF ?

Not exactly: The mother and father can have different abnormalities in the gene. If the baby inherits two defective copies of the gene s/he is likely to get cf, even though the abnormalities are not exactly the same in parents. ...Read more

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My daughter is small in weight and height as a 21 month old she rarely ever gets sick and is a very happy child what are her chances of having cf

My daughter is small in weight and height as a 21 month old she rarely ever gets sick and is a very happy child what are her chances of having cf

CF growth: Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease and is associated with a wide variety of clinical symptoms and presentations. A CF sweat test is a test that analyzes sweat to determine the amount of chloride ( a component of salt) in the sweat. It is usually performed at the local CF center. If there is a concern about her weight and height, it is a test that should be considered. Cff.Org is a good source. ...Read more

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Why is CF called "cystic" and "fibrosis"?

Old Days: Back in the "old days, " patients with CF would frequently die, and the autopsy findings of the lungs showed scarring ("fibrosis") and bubbles ("cysts, " "cystic"). Thus, it was called cystic fibrosis. We know much more now about this disease, but the old name stuck. ...Read more

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What are the risks concerning pregnancy in CF patients?

What are the risks concerning pregnancy in CF patients?

That depends...: I have seen CF patients carry pregnancy to full term. The risk is the same as for anyone with impaired lung function and/or malnutrition (very common problems in CF patients). You should discuss pregnancy with your CF provider, usually a lung doctor, and maybe also a specialist in high risk ob. They can discuss the the risks of pregnancy based on your specific health status. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is prognosis for child with cf?

Better than ever b4: Children diagnosed with CF now have many advantages over those diagnosed even a few years ago. Genetic testing, special aerosolized medications, aggressive treatment of infections with antibiotics and nutritional supplementation (fat soluble vitamins, enzymes, etc.) have all contributed to an increase in quality of life and longevity. CF patients commonly live into their 30s and 40s in the us. ...Read more

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What groups of people typically have the disease cf?

European Descent: CF is the most common inherited disease among caucasians, particularly those of northern european descent. The carrier rate is approximately 1 in 25 people. ...Read more

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What can be done for someone with CF, and b. cepacia?

What can be done for someone with CF, and b. cepacia?

B. Cepacia and CF: If you become colonized with B. cepacia,you will need to be more diligent than ever with the treatments you are already doing: Airway clearance, Bronchodilators, Mucolytics, and Nutrition.If the colonization turns into an infection,things get a bit trickier. B. cepacia is highly resistant to most antibiotics. So once you become infected it is hard to get rid of. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has CF what are some things I could do for her?

Flu shot each year: Influenza is potentially fatal to patients with cf. Protect your loved ones by getting a flu shot each year. ...Read more

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If my sister's child has cf, what are the chances that my child will have cf?

If my sister's child has cf, what are the chances that my child will have cf?

A worthy question: If this bothers you, have a test run to see if you are an asymptomatic carrier of the CF gene.(you have 50% risk of it) If not, you cannot have CF kids.If so, your spouse can be screened also.If he is not, no CF kids.If you both are, the risk would be the same as your sisters with 1/4 chance with each pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can CF baby have water in a bottle?

Yes: Water is safe for a baby to drink. It is better than diluted juices which are just empty calories and too sweet. ...Read more

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Serum (Definition)

Serum is the component of blood that does not contain cells or clotting factors. It does contain electrolytes an ...Read more