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Could a 49 year old develop cystic fibrosis?

Could a 49 year old develop cystic fibrosis?

Yes and No: Patients are born with cystic fibrosis. However it can take many years for the disease to become apparent in some patients. Thus, it is possible to be diagnosed with CF later in life but not to develop CF later in life. 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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Might it be that a 49 year old develop cystic fibrosis?

Might it be that a 49 year old develop cystic fibrosis?

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

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Is it possible for a 50 year old man to have cystic fibrosis and not know it?

Is it possible for a 50 year old man to have cystic fibrosis and not know it?

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. Read more

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What to do if my 4 year old has symptoms of cystic fibrosis?

What to do if my 4 year old has symptoms of cystic fibrosis?

Visit Pediatrician: I would recommend discussing your concerns with your pediatrician and explain them to him/her. If your pediatrician agrees with your concerns then tests may be ordered to further look into the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis (cf). If the test suggests CF then you will be referred to a CF center. Your pediatrician may still refer you to a pediatric pulmonologist if concerns remain. Read more

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What to look for to see if my 4 year old has symptoms of cystic fibrosis?

What to look for to see if my 4 year old has symptoms of cystic fibrosis?

Stinky poo: If your kid has poop that will clear a room from the stinky smell, and the sweat tastes like salt I might consider that diagnosis. Most will be well into those symptoms by 4. If your kid only has recurrent respiratory issues its more likely from other origins like allergies or asthma. Share your concerns with your doctor. Read more

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My 4 year old daughter has all the symptoms of cystic fibrosis, but has tested negative twice. Is there anything else it could be?

Cystic Fibrosis: It seems your daughter was referred to a peds pulmonologist by her pediatrician; different tests were done to rule out cf. Sometimes geneticist gets involved in testing if any diagnostic controversy.
If she has lung issues, the pulmonary doctor will address that.
If she has digestive issues, she should have been referred to gastro-enterologist.

Talk to her pediatrician who is the best guide. Read more

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What are symptoms of cystic fibrosis and could a 19 year old be diagnosed with it or would they have been screened as a child in 1993?

What are symptoms of cystic fibrosis and could a 19 year old be diagnosed with it or would they have been screened as a child in 1993?

CF: The symptoms of CF vary and there are many mutations associated with this genetic disorder. Some of the symptoms include, chronic cough, production of sputum, chronic pneumonia, digestive problems, especially with fat intake, sinusitis, diabetes.
One negative screening test may not have adequately ruled out cf. If you suspect cf, a screening sweat test should be performed. Read more

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My 2 year old son had a throat culture that came back with a high reading of pseudomonas, is this a sign of cystic fibrosis?

My 2 year old son had a throat culture that came back with a high reading of pseudomonas, is this a sign of cystic fibrosis?

Need to rule CF out: I would have the culture repeated. Unfortunately, studies have shown 49% of 2 year olds had positive throat cultures for pseudomonas aeruginosa. Sweat testing and genetic testing should be performed. Check to see if newborn blood screen tested for cystic fibrosis (cf). Read more

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Can you die from cystic fibrosis?

Can you die from cystic fibrosis?

Yes.: Although the complications of cystic fibrosis are treatable, and although the available treatments are helpful, the disorder shortens the normal life expectancy. Read more

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Can you die of cystic fibrosis?

Yes but: Yes but with early diagnosis and regular care and adherence to prescribed therapy by a pediatric pulmonologist the long term survival has improved greatly in the past two decades. Read more

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Right. Can a term fetus die of cystic fibrosis?

Right. Can a term fetus die of cystic fibrosis?

Yes: Although rare, infant deaths from CF do occur every year, either from bowel impact ion leading to perforation and sepsis or overwhelming respiratory infection. Read more

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What is the cause of death for people with cystic fibrosis?

Respiratiry failure: Usually progressive respiratory embarrassment from the primary disease. Some pts die of refractory infection as a consequence of cystic fibrosis. Malabsorption from cystic fibrosis may also contribute to mortality. Read more

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Is it possible for a woman be diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the late age of 67 years?

Is it possible for a woman be diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the late age of 67 years?

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

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Can men with atypical cystic fibrosis have children? I have 2 children, I have no symptoms of CF and I am 32 years old. Never tested for CF.

Can men with atypical cystic fibrosis have children? I have 2 children, I have no symptoms of CF and I am 32 years old. Never tested for CF.

Sometimes: Actually, there are several different reasons that men with classic cystic fibrosis tend to be infertile; CFTR is part of the molecular machinery of spermatogenesis. It depends on your mutation. I'm wondering what you're worried about. Best wishes. Read more

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Do those who have cystic fibrosis die awake, or can they die under anesthesia?

Respiratory failure: Most people with cystic fibrosis with end-stage/advanced lung disease tend to have chronic respiratory failure which can lead to their demise. All pulmonologists that take care of CF patients are aware of this & they can keep these patients comfortable with the use of several interventions and medications. Talk to your CF doctor regarding advance directives & palliative care options. Read more

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If you mother is a carrier of cystic fibrosis is it posibble for one of her children to get it in there audlt years.?

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

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Art around what age do the obvious symptoms of cystic fibrosis set in? I'm worried of the disease although I played football for 5 years since 7th gra

Art around what age do the obvious symptoms of cystic fibrosis set in? I'm worried of the disease although I played football for 5 years since 7th gra

CF worry: Hi KennethH, typically CF is diagnosed in infants and children. However, about 7% of cases can present in adulthood. These tend to be less of the typical disease and more likely to develop diabetes, GI symptoms, and even infertility. Adults are more likely to have normal pancreatic function, unusual genetic mutations and equivocal sweat chloride tests. If you are worried, talk to your doctor. Read more

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I'm worried I have cystic fibrosis. I haven't had a cough in eight years til last month but I also now have oil with stool. What are the chances?

I'm worried I have cystic fibrosis. I haven't had a cough in eight years til last month but I also now have oil with stool. What are the chances?

Small possibility: Atypical cystic fibrosis, not classic one, can be diagnosed in late childhood or later. Affected ones usually shows mild symptoms and sweat test could be normal. Read more

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I was born with cystic fibrosis. I'm now 35 and my lung function has gradually worsened the last years. I know that survival age is about 40 and I'm at peace with that. However, I still wonder: are there any recent findings about cystic fibrosis?

I was born with cystic fibrosis. I'm now 35 and my lung function has gradually worsened the last years. I know that survival age is about 40 and I'm at peace with that. However, I still wonder: are there any recent findings about cystic fibrosis?

Mgt: I would advise following your lung function closely with your pulmonary specialist, optimizing your nutrition, and treating any exacerbations with antibiotics and chest physiotherapy. The use of DNAase has been shown to be effective. Some patients may benefit from treatments specifically targeted to their genotype. The CF foundation is another good resource for patients. Stay well. 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