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Cystic Fibrosis (Definition)

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder of the lungs and digestive tract. It causes recurrent lung infections and inhibits growth in patients. Average life expectancy of patients with cystic fibrosis ...Read more


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L am 58 can I get cystic fibrosis at that age.

L am 58 can I get cystic fibrosis at that age.

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

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Do males or females get cystic fibrosis and why?

Do males or females get cystic fibrosis and why?

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

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How can you get easily checked up for cystic fibrosis?

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

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I'm worried I have cystic fibrosis. How do I get tested?

I'm worried I have cystic fibrosis. How do I get tested?

Sweat test: Cystic fibrosis is diagnosed by an abnormal sweat test and clinical symptoms that match the diagnosis. Genetic tests can also be done to determine if there are any mutations of the cftr gene that are known to cause cystic fibrosis. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get cystic fibrosis, or is it unusual?

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 pregnent females are now screened for CF ...Read more

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What is a good way to get checked up for cystic fibrosis?

Sweat chloride test: Talk to your physician who can direct you and order a test, if indicated. The gold standard test is the sweat chloride test. Blood testing may also be available, again, if indicated. ...Read more

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Help please! is cystic fibrosis something you can get in childhood?

Words matter: CF will be recognized or diagnosed in childhood, so in a way you could say you get it then.However, the word use is confusing.You don't "get it" like you get a strep throat, you are born with the abnormal gene information that causes the disease. ...Read more

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Can someone get cystic fibrosis as a teenager?

Can someone get cystic fibrosis as a teenager?

Yes: A small segment of patients affected by cystic fibrosis does not show typical symptoms until teenage and apparently has very mild disease. This depends upon the mutation involving cftr gene (homozygous vs heretozygous so on). ...Read more

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