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How To Prevent Cystic Fibrosis
Had holiday gathering with multiple family members and found out that many had cystic fibrosis. What can I do to prevent it?
CF is genetic: Cystic fibrosis is a disorder passed thru the genes of both parents, silent in the carrier parent & expressed in the affected kid who has inherited an affected gene from both parents.One mutation(delta 509) is the most common but others occur and variations in intensity do occur. I believe you can have carrier testing to see if u carry a gene, then avoid a starting a pregnancy with another carrier. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder involving lungs & digestive tract, causing recurrent lung infections due to thick inspissated mucus & poor growth in majority of patients due to malabsorption. Treatment involves inhaled respiratory therapies to prevent lung disease & pancreatic enzymes to enable absorption of nutrients. Average life expectancy is near 40 years, ...Read more
Inherited disease: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease that affects the cells lining the lungs, sinuses, intestines, spleen and liver. It prevents chloride ions from crossing the cell membranes properly. This can clog organ ducts. In the lungs, the extra mucus crushes the cilia and leads to more lung infections. Medications can help; in late-stage disease, lung transplantation may be life-saving. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Genetic disorder: Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder involving lungs & digestive tract, causing recurrent lung infections due to thick inspissated mucus & poor growth in majority of patients due to malabsorption. Treatment involves inhaled respiratory therapies to prevent lung disease & pancreatic enzymes to enable absorption of nutrients. Average life expectancy is near 40 years, new therapies being developed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autosomal recessive.: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is not sex-linked, but autosomal recessive. That means both parents can be silent carriers--totally unaware--then each passes down this recessive (inactive) gene to their child. This child develops CF because both copies of the formerly inactive gene (1 from each parent) now have no genetic "brake" (normal dominant gene) to prevent the CF gene from expressing itself. ...Read more
Cystic fibrosis (CF): An inherited condition that affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices. These secreted fluids are normally thin & slippery. But in cf, a defective gene causes the secretions to become thick and sticky. Instead of acting as a lubricant, the secretions plug up tubes, especially in the lungs and pancreas. Treatments are aimed at preventing lung infections & improving nutrition. ...Read more
Airway Clearance: To help improve lung function & prevent chronic infections, it is important to do airway clearance therapies with the help of breathing treatments (hypertonic saline, recombinant dnase etc.) & techniques that help remove mucus (chest vest, acapella, manual chest physical therapy etc.). Exercise is also important for CF patients. Talk to your CF doctor about an appropriate airway clearance regimen. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nutrition/prevention: Cystic fibrosis treatment plans depend on the clinical, infectious and gene mutation. There are some treatments delivered by inhalation to thin airway secretions and others to treat or prevent infections. Growth charts will monitor that growth of the baby and supplements may be provided to boost calories. I hope that this helps. Prmg pediatrics can review records faxed to 858 259 9689. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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