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Doctor insights on: Is Cyanosis A Symptom Of Cystic Fibrosis

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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