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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. ...Read more

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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 causes of differences in the severity of cystic fibrosis?

What are the causes of differences in the severity of cystic fibrosis?

Different mutations: Mutations in the cftr gene cause cystic fibrosis. The cftr gene provides instructions for making a channel that transports negatively charged particles called chloride ions into and out of cells. More than 1, 000 different mutations in the cftr gene have been identified in people with cystic fibrosis. Depending on the which mutations and other genetic factors, this leads to variability of disease. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of cystic fibrosis?

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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cystic hygroma?

What are the symptoms of cystic hygroma?

It depends.: Many cases of this are found in utero, or after birth, so often there are no symptoms, just the sign of a swelling in the neck by the posterior triangle at or after birth. Some can be large and can affect breathing and swallowing. They can resolve, but if they are large, they need to be drained. In any case, these patients need to be in a neonatal center capable of monitoring and treating them. ...Read more

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What is the severity of cystic fibrosis?

What is the severity of cystic fibrosis?

Variable: This depends on the individual patient. There are several hundred CF mutations that have varying degrees of severity. The most common mutation, df508, can cause failure to thrive in infants, recurrent and very serious lung infections during childhood and often pancreatic insufficiency in children. While early diagnosis and preventive treatment have improved, CF is still a fatal disease. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hepatic fibrosis?

What are the symptoms of hepatic fibrosis?

None: Fibrosis is scarring as a result of inflammation and tissue damage. Eventually the scarring isolates pockets of hepatocytes (liver cells) so that they can no longer function appropriately. This is cirrhosis, and that creates problems resulting in symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of haemophilia?

What are the characteristics of haemophilia?

Hemophiliah: Hemophilia is more likely to occur in males symptoms are internal or external bleeding episodes, there is spontaneous bleeding, frequent and large bruises and haematomas heavy bleeding from a dental procedure, an accident, or surgery. ...Read more

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What are the treatments of cystic fibrosis at home?

What are the treatments of cystic fibrosis at home?

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

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What are the symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis?

What are the symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis?

Breathlessness: Shortness of breath with exertion is the most frequent symptom. Dry cough and ankle swelling may occur. Eventually breathlessness even at rest can occur. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of asthma?

What are the characteristics of asthma?

Depends: Not all asthmatics have the same symptoms. Coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, etc are typical. In general, after an attack your lung function usually goes back to normal. Attacks can be caused by a number of "triggers'. Animal dander, dust mites, pollution, pollen, exercise, cold air, etc should be discussed with your physician. Removing or minimizing exposure to these can certainly help. ...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. ...Read more

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What are the pssible causes of calcification densities in the liver?

What are the pssible causes of calcification densities in the liver?

Harmless: Unless your radiologist tells you otherwise, this is usually old histoplasmosis that's fully healed. We see a lot of it here in kansas city. It's nothing at all to worry about. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of atherosclerosis?

What are the characteristics of atherosclerosis?

Plaque build up: It is hardening of the arteries, caused by fat, cholesterol, and other substances building up in the arteries - this is called plaque - making the arteries stiffer. This plaque interferes with the normal function of the arteries and can cause problems and symptoms throughout the body. The plaque can block the arteries and/or it can break off and flow to smaller vessels and block them. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of inherited emphysema?

What are the symptoms of inherited emphysema?

Alpha one?: Are you referring to alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency? If so, the symptoms are basically the same as copd, they just occur at a younger age than expected (like 20-30s). Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, etc. If the person smokes, the disease is accelerated. Diagnosis is made via a blood test. Treatment includes enzyme replacement as well as usual COPD therapies. ...Read more