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Can an early cystic fibrosis test rule out the possibility of a late in life diagnosis?

Can an early cystic fibrosis test rule out the possibility of a late in life diagnosis?

Depends on test: Depending on the original test that was performed, it is unlikely that a diagnosis of CF will be made later in life. Most of the testing that is done today is highly accurate. If you are referring to yourself, at age 31, if the diagnosis of CF has not yet been made, and you have been relatively healthy all of your life, i would say it is unlikely you have it. ...Read more

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Cystic Fibrosis (Definition)

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder of the lungs and digestive tract. It causes recurrent lung infections and inhibits growth in patients. Average life expectancy of patients with cystic fibrosis ...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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Which is late respiratory complication in cystic fibrosis ?

Which is late respiratory complication in cystic fibrosis ?

Complication: Late respiratory complications of CF range from respiratory distress with declining oxygen saturation to pneumothorax. ...Read more

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Which medications does a cystic fibrosis patient in their mid/late teens take daily?

CF meds: Depends on overall pulmonary and GI status: if pancreatic insufficient: -pancreatic enzymes -cf vitamins lung disease: -mucolytics such as pulmozyme -albuterol-bronchodilator -chest physiotherapy to clear secretions -nebulized antibiotics if chronic psuedomonas -azithromycin if chronic pseudomonas -anti-inflammatories sometimes there are also other medications based on disease state. ...Read more

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Can adult onset cystic fibrosis occur to male 44 old please?

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Can adult onset cystic fibrosis occur to male 44 old please?

Yes: I would use a term "mild" or "atypical" form of cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is caused by mutation involving cftr gene, and there are a few hundred different mutations. Atypical or mild form of CF manifest at a later age than in infancy as often seen in classic form, and mild in symptoms. ...Read more

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What would the synptoms of adult onset cystic fibrosis be? And would it be likely at my age. Even worth asking my doc about?

What would the synptoms of adult onset cystic fibrosis be? And would it be likely at my age. Even worth asking my doc about?

GI or pulmonary: Symptoms in the pulmonary system such as chronic infection or airway problems (bronchiectasis) or GI revolving around pancreatic disease (diabetes, malabsorption or pancreatitis). Adult forms are being described more and more. If you have problems in these areas, or have a family member with cf, check with your physician about a work up. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc2626352. ...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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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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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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