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How Does Cystic Fibrosis Affect The Integumentary System
The endocrine system is potentially one of the systems involved in cystic fibrosis. There are many different presentations of cf. If the pancreas is affected then supplements may be needed to help digest food. In addition, some CF patients have a form of diabetes. The cff is a good resource for information. Cff. Org
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Cystic fibrosis: CF is a genetic defect and at this time, it cannot be repaired. Companies such as sangamo pharmaceuticals are working on cures for mono-genetic diseases, and maybe someday a cure could become available. ...Read more
Mucus & infection: The cells lining the airways don't put out enough water into the airway to make airway secretions thin enough to be coughed out. The mucus that collects clog the airways and let germs grow and thrive instead of being killed. Long-term infection damages the airways and substance of the lung. The airways and lung units gradually fill up with pus and germs and can't take in oxygen or get rid of co2. ...Read more
Significantly: CF is associated with repeated lung infections that result in absence from school and social activities. ...Read more
Many ways: This is a chronic disease that can cause a variety of consequences to the patient and their family. This is a very complicated question to be answered briefly here. ...Read more
Chronic illness: There are many components of a chronic disease that are hard to navigate in adolescence. At a time when absolute uniformity is desired, there are medications to take at specific times, there are doctor visits ("Where were you? "), and there are hospitalizations which entirely disrupt social structures. Concerns about infection can also limit social activities. Encourage social interactions. ...Read more
Not specifically: Most CF patients that are monitored and receiving regular healthcare can not be picked out in a crowd of people of similar age. If their disease were to go unrecognized and or untreated they would appear ill. ...Read more
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CF: Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease that causes thick, sticky mucus to form in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs, this mucus blocks the airways-even getting down to the small alveoli, causing lung damage and making it hard to breathe. Recent studies show there may be some blood vessel dysfunction causing an impaired exercise tolerance as well. Hope this helps. ...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
Increased infection: I am not a pulmonary or infectious specialist so I would defer the definitive answer to those specialty physicians. My understanding is that cystic fibrosis patients have increased risk of pulmonary infection. Placing two individuals with the same increased risk together would increase their risk even more. ...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
Pretty common: Various studies cite about 1/40 normal individuals are carries of one CF gene. They have no illness, and will not have a CF child unless their spouse is also a carrier. With 2 carriers 1/4 risk of CF per pregnancy would be possible. Carrier detection studies are often offered to someone who has a cf patient in their family. ...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
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
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
One gene bad: The cftr gene codes for (has information for your body about) a sodium-chloride transporter on your cell membranes. If you have two bad copies you have cf, if you have one, you are a carrier. As many as 1 in 25 caucasian adults in the us has this mutation. If you are planning on having children, talk to your spouse about genetic counseling, unless your spouse is of Asian or african descent. ...Read more
Cough + sputum: If above applies, kiss him/her on the skin. If you taste salt it might be cf. A simple sweat test will rule it in or out. ...Read more
Unlikely: At age 49, a diagnosis of cystic fibrosis would be very unlikely. That being said, a diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis, which is different from cf, could be possible, and generally occurs later in life. Pulmonary fibrosis can give the same signs and symptoms as cf. You can experience shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, and weight loss. Smoking is a risk factor. ...Read more
Not Typical: Certain rare conditions can also lead to high sweat chloride levels (the gold standard test for cystic fibrosis). However, these rare conditions (there's a list) will cause the patient to exhibit different symptoms than those consistent with cystic fibrosis, so the sweat chloride test is considered to be reliable in diagnosing CF in conjunction with the patient's history and physical exam. ...Read more
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Anything: Most individuals with cystic fibrosis can participate in all physicial activities. Salt supplementation is needed because of excess salt loss in CF sweat. Individuals with severe lung disease should discuss what level of activity is safe/appropriate for them with their physician. ...Read more
Why cystic fibrosis only affects the caucasian population and how the disease may have originated?
Not true: Cystic fibrosis is a metabolic disorder more common in caucasions by present in many populations. The incidence is 1/3500 caucasion, 1/17, 000 african american, 1/80, 000 native american. It arises in mutations in the cftr gene that regulates cellular transport of chloride. There are in excess of 700 known mutations recorded but most common is the delta 508. ...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
In a way: Most patients with diabetes have either a failure of the pancrease (pancrelipase) to produce Insulin or develop resistance to Insulin for various reasons. In cf, there is pancreatic insufficiency due to injury to the pancrease (pancrelipase) from the disease itself... And this can lead to CF related diabetes (where more Insulin is needed). ...Read more
Depends: Without a full exam and review of medical records and history of infections secondary to CF would be remiss in trying to become an actuarial. Go see a pulmonologist and discuss the options and likely outcomes. ...Read more
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