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Can somebody tell me how can the endocrine system relate to cystic fibrosis?

Can somebody tell me how can the endocrine system relate to cystic fibrosis?

Cystic Fibrosis: 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 prmg will review your CF records at 858 259 9689 at no cost to you. ...Read more

Dr. William Walsh
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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 done to improve the immune system of a cystic fibrosis patient?

What is done to improve the immune system of a cystic fibrosis patient?

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

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What does cystic fibrosis do to the pulmonary system on a cellular level?

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

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Can cystic fibrosis affect both respiratory and digestive system?

Absolutely: The thicker mucous secretions inherent to cystic fibrosis (CF) can cause a relative obstruction in clearing the airway tree of particulate matter/germs. Similarly, these secretions can obstruct the passage of pancreatic enzymes into the intestine leading to mal-digestion. ...Read more

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How does cystic fibrosis affect social development?

How does cystic fibrosis affect  social development?

Significantly: CF is associated with repeated lung infections that result in absence from school and social activities. ...Read more

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How does cystic fibrosis affect the patient and their family?

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

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How does Cystic Fibrosis affect social development of an individual?

How does Cystic Fibrosis affect social development of an individual?

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

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Does cystic fibrosis affect your physical appearance?

Does cystic fibrosis affect your physical appearance?

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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How does cystic fibrosis affect my alveoli and blood capillaries?

How does cystic fibrosis affect my alveoli and blood capillaries?

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

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Can someone be diagnose with cystic fibrosis in their 40's?

Can someone be diagnose with cystic fibrosis in their 40's?

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

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Why can't cystic fibrosis patient be near each other?

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

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Why can't cystic fibrosis patients be near each other?

Why can't cystic fibrosis patients be near each other?

Sharing: Patients with cystic fibrosis are highly susceptible to lung infections. As a result, if they spend a lot of time together, they can readily swap infections. This is one case where you should shun your parents' otherwise good advice on sharing. ...Read more

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If I have cystic fibrosis, what happens if I don't take my enzymes?

If I have cystic fibrosis, what happens if I don't take my enzymes?

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

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I'm 10 weeks preg. My dr said I'm a carrier of cystic fibrosis I don't understand ?

I'm 10 weeks preg. My dr said I'm a carrier of cystic fibrosis I don't understand ?

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

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How can cystic fibrosis affect p.I.E.S development?

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

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I have symptoms of cystic fibrosis. Is it possible to start show the symptoms in my 30's?

Yes: Yes it is possible. Presentation of cystic fibrosis varies greatly, and it is possible, depending on your specific mutation (and other factors) to present at a later age. In order to prevent late diagnoses, all states now have a newborn screen in place for cystic fibrosis. ...Read more

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I have family members with cystic fibrosis. Is it possible to start show the symptoms in my 20's?

I have family members with cystic fibrosis. Is it possible to start show the symptoms in my 20's?

Yes: However, usually an adult who is diagnosed so late has usually had chronic problems with cough and "pneumonias". That said i've diagnosed a new case in a 38 year old woman. ...Read more

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