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Vibrating Vest For Cystic Fibrosis
Please help! what is the cystic fibrosis vest called and what are the med names that are used with said vest?
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder involving lungs & digestive tract, causing recurrent lung infections due to thick inspissated mucus & poor growth in majority of patients due to malabsorption. Treatment involves inhaled respiratory therapies to prevent lung disease & pancreatic enzymes to enable absorption of nutrients. Average life expectancy is near 40 years, ...Read more
No: Not every day is bad with cystic fibrosis! the severity of the disease varies from patient to patient. Some patient may not feel they have anything wrong with them. Others may experience breathing difficulties or other symptoms, for example abdominal discomfort. Patients with CF often are required to take numerous medications a day and receive numerous breathing treatments as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Airway Clearance: To help improve lung function & prevent chronic infections, it is important to do airway clearance therapies with the help of breathing treatments (hypertonic saline, recombinant dnase etc.) & techniques that help remove mucus (chest vest, acapella, manual chest physical therapy etc.). Exercise is also important for CF patients. Talk to your CF doctor about an appropriate airway clearance regimen. ...Read more
CF home treatments: Long term care of CF at home requires regular use of airway clearance therapies to keep lungs clear. Several methods to remove secretions with help of inhaled medications & devices (chest vest, manual percussion) are utilized. Chronic lung infections may also require use of inhaled antibiotics. Please consult a pediatric pulmonologist at a CF center to help guide therapy based on individual needs. ...Read more
At home therapies: At home treatments for CF include airway clearance therapies that get mucus out of the lungs. These include a chest vest machine & several types of inhaled medications that make it easier for mucus to come out. Most CF pts also need enzyme replacement as pills every time they eat, multivitamins & reflux medications. Talk to your CF doctor to discuss home regimens as they are patient specific. ...Read more
Inherited disease: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease that affects the cells lining the lungs, sinuses, intestines, spleen and liver. It prevents chloride ions from crossing the cell membranes properly. This can clog organ ducts. In the lungs, the extra mucus crushes the cilia and leads to more lung infections. Medications can help; in late-stage disease, lung transplantation may be life-saving. ...Read more
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