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Is Pulmonary Fibrosis The Same As Cystic Fibrosis
No: Two completely different diseases. CF is an inherited disorder leading to failure to clear mucus and repeated infections. It does end up with fibrosis in the lungs. Idiopathic fibrosis is a disease of unknown cause where scar tissue replaces normal lung and eventually causes respiratory failure. ...Read more
What is Bronchial fibrosis? Is it the same as Pulmonary fibrosis? What is the best treatment for Bronchial fibrosis?
Bronchial fib: Bronchial fibrosis is not a widely used term. It is used to designate asthma (air hyper-reactivity). See: http://journal.publications.chestnet.org/data/Journals/CHEST/21748/45.pdf It is a distinct entity from pulmonary fibrosis and the prognosis is considerably better because asthma is very treatable with bronchodilators and anti-inflammatory drugs. ...Read more
No: Ipf is a disease of older patients that has no known cause and leads to thickening of the soft tissue in the lung. This causes poor movement of oxygen into the bloodstream. CF is a genetic disease usually diagnosed in childhood. Patients have an abnormal protein in some organs that causes mucous to thicken. In the lungs, this results in chronic infections and airway damage. ...Read more
Old Days: Back in the "old days, " patients with CF would frequently die, and the autopsy findings of the lungs showed scarring ("fibrosis") and bubbles ("cysts, " "cystic"). Thus, it was called cystic fibrosis. We know much more now about this disease, but the old name stuck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily: The CFTR gene, or mutations in this gene, are what are often being tested for in patients suspected of being cystic fibrosis carriers or suffering from the disease itself. If you are a carrier then you will have one copy of your CFTR gene with an abnormality. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recessive gene: A mutation is carried in the dna of both unaffected parents & that matching or similar mutation is paired up at conception when the sperm & egg form completed chromasomes with the defective info. Late in pregnancy and after delivery, the effect of the CF gene abnormality begins to reveal itself. In carriers, the good gene compensates for the bad & no problems occur. ...Read more
No: Bronchiectasis= bronchi (airways);ectasis (dilated or stretched out). Bronchiectasis is a physical finding that can occur in many lung infections/conditions.Cystic fibrosis is medical condition with many features.It is inherited as a recessive genetic disease. There are abnormalities in the production of lung mucous that can lead to bronchiectasis over time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Meconium : Meconium is the poo you make in the womb but are not supposed to empty until after birth. It represents bile/swallowed hair & skin cells etc & is very sticky. If you poo before birth, usually due to stress, the stuff can circulate in the bag of waters. If that material gets into your lungs before, during or after labor it can cause lung disease. CF kids have poo that's too sticky & won't pass. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Lung Transplantation: There are many lung transplantation centers in the U.S. Among the busiest centers, texas children/s hospital performs many lung transplantations per year. The international society for heart and lung transplantation provides statistical information at ishlt.Org. It is also important to consider that you will have many follow up visits, so living close to a center may be important as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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