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My girlfriend has CF what are some things I could do for her?

My girlfriend has CF what are some things I could do for her?

Flu shot each year: Influenza is potentially fatal to patients with cf. Protect your loved ones by getting a flu shot each year. ...Read more

Dr. William Walsh
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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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How is CF inherited?

How is CF inherited?

From both parents: CF is an autosomal recessive disorder meaning the infant must inherit a mutated or abnormal copy of the CF gene from both the mother and the father. If both parents are carriers of a CF mutation, the odds of the infant having CF are 1 out of 4 or 25% for every pregnancy. ...Read more

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How do they diagnose CF in baby?

How do they diagnose CF in baby?

Newborn screening: All states now screen newborn infants for cf. However, not all infants identified by newborn screening will have cf, many will only be carriers of the CF gene. Diagnosis of CF requires confirmation at a CF center by sweat testing or genetic analysis. ...Read more

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What is prognosis for child with cf?

What is prognosis for child with cf?

Better than ever b4: Children diagnosed with CF now have many advantages over those diagnosed even a few years ago. Genetic testing, special aerosolized medications, aggressive treatment of infections with antibiotics and nutritional supplementation (fat soluble vitamins, enzymes, etc.) have all contributed to an increase in quality of life and longevity. CF patients commonly live into their 30s and 40s in the us. ...Read more

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What are the main causes of death for cf?

What are the main causes of death for cf?

Respiratory failure: respiratory infection leading to respiratory failure is one of the main causes of death in CF ...Read more

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What groups of people typically have the disease cf?

European Descent: CF is the most common inherited disease among caucasians, particularly those of northern european descent. The carrier rate is approximately 1 in 25 people. ...Read more

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What changes does a family make for a child with cf?

What changes does a family make for a child with cf?

Get more structured: Ensure vest treatment and medication regimen to fit with daily lifestyle including vacations. ...Read more

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What can be done for someone with CF, and b. cepacia?

What can be done for someone with CF, and b. cepacia?

B. Cepacia and CF: If you become colonized with B. cepacia,you will need to be more diligent than ever with the treatments you are already doing: Airway clearance, Bronchodilators, Mucolytics, and Nutrition.If the colonization turns into an infection,things get a bit trickier. B. cepacia is highly resistant to most antibiotics. So once you become infected it is hard to get rid of. ...Read more

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What are the risk from exposure to a broken CF light bulb?

Mercury exposure: Mercury vapors escape when a cfl bulb breaks & several precautions are necessary. Stop airconditioning or fans in that room, open all doors and windows. After 15 min of airing the room, carefully gather all fragments & dispose as per local regulations for mercury containing products. Keep room open for several hours after clean up & do not switch on the ac in the room during that time. ...Read more

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Please tell me if it is possible to have a mild form of cf?

Yes: Chopin, the composer, almost certainly had CF rather than tuberculosis and he lived into a productive adult live when no treatment was available. There are alleles that are even milder. ...Read more

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