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How Did Cystic Fibrosis Get Its Name
No: You are born with cystic fibrosis, you don't "get" it later in life. It may not be diagnosed right away depending on the type and severity of symptoms. For example, a newborn with an intestinal blockage would be picked up quickly, but an older child or even an adult who presented with mostly sinus symptoms might not get diagnosed until later. ...Read more
Equal: More than 10 million americans are unknowing, symptomless carriers of the defective cystic fibrosis gene. In order to develop cf, an individual must inherit a defective gene from each parent. Since the CF gene is not on a sex chromosome (x or y), males and females are equally affected. ...Read more
Sweat chloride test: CF is an abnormality of chloride channels. A simple test where they tape a special paper to your arm and measure the amount of chloride in your sweat can help rule in or out cf. ...Read more
Depends on ethnicity: CF is a genetic condition inherited from carrier parent. Carrier frequency depends on the ethnic background. 1/25 caucasians have one copy of normal, one copy of a mutated CF gene. Both genes have to be mutated to have cf. Hispanic carrier frequency 1/50, africanam 1/70, Asian 1/90. 1/5000 babies are born with cf, this may be decreasing, since pregnant females are now screened for CF ...Read more
Cystic fibrosis: Early diagnosis and management with likely increase your live expectancy. ...Read more
No: This will not cause a problem, and may help diagnosis a new issue (although not always). ...Read more
Depends on Severity: This would depend on the severity of the disease state in the individual, but by and large, it's enough of a difference from "normal" sweat to make one take notice. Clinically, the sweat chloride level is measured twice to make the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis (cf). The cutoff level to make the diagnosis of CF is 60 milliequivalents per liter of sweat chloride. ...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
Open the capsules: Enzyme capsules can be opened and the beads sprinkled on food or mixed with a food such as applesauce. This works well as long as the food is not acidic and the child doesn't chew the beads. There are also cups with a ledge to hold a pill or capsule that help a child learn to swallow pills with liquids. Teaching a child to swallow jelly beans can also work. ...Read more
Thick: The secretions in cystic fibrosis are more viscous (thicker) than normal and interfere with normal drainage resulting in blockages of the bronchial tubes of the lung with resultant pneumonia and lung injury. Similar issues involve the pancreas. Newborns with the disease frequently have difficulty passing their bowel movements. ...Read more
What can I do if my brother has a mild case of cystic fibrosis and my parents are making me get tested?
Cystic fibrosis: Good to know if you have the gene because sometimes clinical symptoms do not develope early. Also knowing if you are a one gene carrier (but not affected) helps with family planning in the future. ...Read more
Yes: Yes you can. Some patients can get a lung pancreas or a liver, pancreas. They have done very well at our institution. ...Read more
See pulmonologist: Consult physician who is pulmonologist, physician specializing in lung diseases, for examination and advice. Xray examination of chest may be part of workup. Blood and sweat tests are also utilized. ...Read more
No: The lungs retain the genetically determined structure of the donating person. ...Read more
If you mother is a carrier of cystic fibrosis is it posibble for one of her children to get it in there audlt years.?
Not going to happen: The predominant forms of CF (70%) come from inheriting a delta f508 mutation from both parents. If the biological dad does not carry a CF gene, delta f508 or any of the dozens of similar minor mutations, the kid cannot suddenly develop CF. Carrier detection is available to test any potential parent, and many suggest people know the status of both if one is a known carrier. ...Read more
Possible but small %: Many people with cystic fibrosis have aspergillus (a fungus) in their airway, but in the vast majority of cases it does not cause disease. In a small percent of patients it may cause allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (abpa), and that can lead to lung damage. Abpa can usually be treated. ...Read more
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
If I have cystic fibrosis and get a lung transplant, will the disease eventually invade my new lungs?
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