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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 are the symptoms of cystic fibrosis - is there a cure?

Lots of symptoms: Cystic fibrosis is a complicated disease. It can affect many different organ symptoms including respiratory, gi, and genitourinary.
This is usually diagnosed in childhood, and there is no cure. ...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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Symptoms of mild cystic fibrosis that a parent might not even notice?

Symptoms of mild cystic fibrosis that a parent might not even notice?

Poor growth/GI: In some children, 1st sign of CF is poor growth with child being small for age. This may be subtle enough that child continues to follow a growth curve on the growth chart, but in the lower percentiles until growth flattens out. Others have loose greasy stools as 1st sign. Frequent "bronchitis"/"sinus infections" that are thought to be just that until someone asks if that's just too many. ...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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I want to see if there's any additional therapy I can do for my boyfriend. He has cystic fibrosis and I'd like to try to help ease the symptoms.

I want to see if there's any additional therapy I can do for my boyfriend. He has cystic fibrosis and I'd like to try to help ease the symptoms.

CF center: First I wish him all the best and good health and thank you for caring for him, any cystic fibrosis patient should be followed by specialists in a cystic fibrosis center, if you haven't done that already, please check the cystic fibrosis foundation on the web for help, www. Cff. Org, goodluck ...Read more

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What are symptoms of cystic fibrosis?

Cough, poor growth: Common symptoms of cystic fibrosis include cough, wheeze, recurrent lung infections, poor growth, foul smelling stools, salty sweat, clubbing, and rectal prolapse. The more symptoms the greater the chance of having cystic fibrosis. Most infants today are diagnosed by newborn screening for CF before they develop any symptoms and early therapy can minimize disease symptoms. ...Read more

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What are all the symptoms of cystic fibrosis?

What are all the symptoms of cystic fibrosis?

Respiratory, GI: Mostly respiratory and GI symptoms such as: asthma like symptoms, recurrent pneumonias, lose stool with fawly smell, lipid soluable vitamin deficiencies, diabetes.
Shahzeidi, md. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of having cystic fibrosis?

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

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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 are some typical symptoms of cystic fibrosis in a baby?

What are some typical symptoms of cystic fibrosis in a baby?

GI and Lungs: Common presentations if not detected by newborn screening include: poor weight gain, diarrhea, recurrent respiratory infections, meconium ileus (at birth), dehydration. ...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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Lipase wk 1: 30 (16-120), wk 2: 15 l (16-120). Is this indicative of cystic fibrosis? No other symptoms.

Are you symptomatic?: Isolated lab results (particularly essentially normal ones like the lipase levels you describe) are relatively meaningless unless taken in the context for which they were ordered. As a child, was cystic fibrosis suggested as a possible diagnosis? Why are, and what makes, you concerned regarding this disease? More specific testing is appropriate if suspicion of CF is warranted. ...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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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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Were all babies from 1997-present screened for Cystic fibrosis in the state of Texas? Also, at what age do the symptoms for cystic fibrosis set in?

Were all babies from 1997-present screened for Cystic fibrosis in the state of Texas? Also, at what age do the symptoms for cystic fibrosis set in?

No: If memory serves me well. CF was not added to the newborn screening program until later. About 10 years back, the state expanded its screening program from 5 to more than 25 conditions, including CF. The symptoms might present with bowel blockage at birth, obnoxious smelly stools in infancy or may not have obvious symptoms for years. There is some individual variation from case to case. ...Read more

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Does cystic fibrosis usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: The primary symptoms are pulmonary and digestive. Chronic lung disease and recurrent lung infections start early in life. Intestinal malapsortion because of digestive enzyme deficiency also occurs early. Other symptoms include meconium illius in the perinatal period, growth failure in childhood and a variety of symptoms in the second and third decades of life including diabetes. ...Read more

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At what age do the symptoms of cystic fibrosis first appear?

Varies: Unfortunately, there is no correct answer to this. It really varies and depends on various factors, including the type of mutation a patient may have. Symptoms may start soon after birth, or years later. ...Read more

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When will the symptoms appear in a person who is affected of cystic fibrosis?

Varies: Newborns can present with bowel obstruction from lthickened meconium, early stool, from lack of normal enzymes. Sometimes bowel atresia and twisted bowel in utero are other manifestations. In child, respiratory symptoms may result with over aeration and asthmatic symptoms from mucus plugging in lungs. Malabsorption, fatty liver, and anemia in early childhood. Some mild forms do not show until later. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a baby has a good chance of getting cystic fibrosis will the baby show symptoms right away?

Can you tell me if a baby has a good chance of getting cystic fibrosis will the baby show symptoms right away?

Variable: CF newborn screening programs can detect CF early on, so that treatment can be initiated earlier. If an infant begins to have symptoms consistent with cf, the test should be repeated even if the screening was negative at birth.
Symptoms can begin at any time and this depends on a number of factors, including the specific genetic mutation of the CF gene.
I hope this helps. ...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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How can you tell the difference between cystic fibrosis and asthma symptoms in a toddler?

How can you tell the difference between cystic fibrosis and asthma symptoms in a toddler?

Symptoms: Toddlers with asthma have episodic wheezing and/or coughing that are usually triggered by things such as. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between cystic fibrosis symptoms and asthma symptoms in a toddler?

How do you tell the difference between cystic fibrosis symptoms and asthma symptoms in a toddler?

CF vs asthma: There is some overlap. Kids with CF often have other symptoms besides their respiratory ones, like oily stool, failure to gain weight, diarrhea. They can also get frequent bacterial lung infections that children with asthma do not often get. They also tend to produce phlegm that is thicker, white/green and looks more like pus, than the white/clear phlegm that children with asthma produce. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of cystic fibrosis. 4month old w/ recurrent URI & GERD & mid retractions for over 4 weeks? Dr not too concered.

CF screening: Presenting symptoms in CF can be varied and can be missed early in life. Some of the symptoms include poor growth, oily stools, constipation, meconium ileus, coughing, wheezing, recurrent lung infections,
if you would like me to review the records, they can be faxed to prmg, 858 259 9689 at no charge to you.
You may want to discuss CF screening with your physician. ...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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My 3 1/2 yr. Old with cystic fibrosis has cold/ allergy symptoms...But unusually grumpy and purple color under eyes...Allergies or CF exacerbation?

My 3 1/2 yr. Old with cystic fibrosis has cold/ allergy symptoms...But unusually grumpy and purple color under eyes...Allergies or CF exacerbation?

Pls see answer: There is an overlap between the symptoms of allergy and cf. Allergic symptoms tend to be associated with a particular exposure that triggers an allergic response. The discoloration under the eyes may be caused by allergies, infection, lack of sleep, iron deficiency. If the area around the eye is red and swollen, it is best to check with your doctor. Fever > 101 is not usual for an allergic resp, . ...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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How can I know if I have cystic fibrosis?

How can I know if I have cystic fibrosis?

Get tested: Testing for cystic fibrosis starts with a sweat test. If that is abnormal, genetic testing in the blood is used to confirm the diagnosis by finding the specific genetic mutations. In general, people with CF have recurrent pulmonary infections and abdominal discomfort/diarrhea due to fat malabsorption. ...Read more

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How can you get checked for cystic fibrosis?

Sweat test: The best test for cystic fibrosis is a sweat test. Why do you think you need tested? ...Read more

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What can be done for cystic fibrosis sufferers?

What can be done for cystic fibrosis sufferers?

Supportive care: CF patients benefit from active coordinated care involving their pcp and a regional cystic fibrosis care center. These are usually part of a children's hospital and involve pediatric pulmonologists and other respiratory care specialists. ...Read more

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What is the cause of cystic fibrosis in general?

What is the cause of cystic fibrosis in general?

Genetic: It is a genetic disease, transmitted by the parents to the kids. ...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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Is good to work outside while having cystic fibrosis?

Is good to work outside while having cystic fibrosis?

CF and environment: Depending on the severity of your cf, leading an active healthy lifestyle outside is not a fantasy. Common sense will dictate avoidance germs by simple hand hygiene (wash, wipe, alcohol base hand gels). Knowing your CF treatment plan as per your pulmonologist/specialist is important for slowing down the progression/maintaining a more resilient defense against bacterial/chronic lung infection. ...Read more