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Doctor insights on: What Is The Karyotype Of Someone With Cystic Fibrosis

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What physical activities are ok for someone with cystic fibrosis?

What physical activities are ok for someone with cystic fibrosis?

Anything: Most individuals with cystic fibrosis can participate in all physicial activities. Salt supplementation is needed because of excess salt loss in CF sweat. Individuals with severe lung disease should discuss what level of activity is safe/appropriate for them with their physician. ...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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Can someone with cystic fibrosis be close to living a "normal" life?

Can someone with cystic fibrosis be close to living a "normal" life?

Not very close!: Good morning, patients with cystic fibrosis have many difficulties due to recurrent infections and many visits to doctors. Things have changed recently with an aggressive treatment approach provided centers with specialty clinics for management of cf., yet it will far from being close to having a life similar to one without cf. Follow the instructions of the team for the best possible quality. ...Read more

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Can there be any organs that are completely normal and able to be reused in someone with cystic fibrosis?

Yes: Things like corneas, muscles, tendons, bones are just a few examples of donatable tissues/organs in someone with CF. Thanks for considering organ donation! ...Read more

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Which sports/physical activities are good for someone with cystic fibrosis?

Which sports/physical activities are good for someone with cystic fibrosis?

Depends on Lung Fx: The level of physical activity for a child with CF is an individual choice that should be made in consultation with the treating physician. However, there has been some interesting research done in australia, which suggests Hypertonic Saline (e.g., salty air) inhalation in CF patients was beneficial in maintaining lung function. Why? A doctor noticed surfers with CF tend to have better outcomes! ...Read more

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Would it be recommendable for someone with cystic fibrosis to breathe salt vapor in/at the salt room in orlando, fl.?

Would it be recommendable for someone with cystic fibrosis to breathe salt vapor in/at the salt room in orlando, fl.?

Good question...: While the process itself may be helpful in mobilizing secretions, i personally would be a bit hesitant to do this type of therapy in a public forum. You really don't know how sanitary they really are (they may tell you one thing, but..), and i'd be very concerned about the types of germs that could lurk in that type of large establishment. Can you find out anything about inspections/health code? ...Read more

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How long would someone with cystic fibrosis be expected to live after a double lung transplant?

How long would someone with cystic fibrosis be expected to live after a double lung transplant?

Averages: At one year 90 percent of CF patients are alive after lung transplant; the number falls to around 60% at 5 years and 10-15% at 10 years. Double lung transplant patients tend to do better than single lung transplant recipients (probably because they have more reserve if they develop rejection). ...Read more

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Would getting a lung transplant let someone with cystic fibrosis play sports?

Would getting a lung transplant let someone with cystic fibrosis play sports?

Yes: Lung transplantation is a very important treatment option for people with cystic fibrosis that is severely limiting their physical ability. If successful, and it usually is, lung transplantation can offer a person with cystic fibrosis a renewed chance to regain the ability and energy to do many activities that others without this condition take for granted, including some sports. ...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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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 you tell whether or not someone has cystic fibrosis just from looking at them?

Sometimes: But only as i see a large number of them, and only te ickes ones. Most people with CF look like average american... Only thinner. ...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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What are the chances of a child getting cystic fibrosis among the different racial groups in the u.S.?

Overall 1/3700: Acording to the CF foundation: the overall birth prevalence is 1/3700 . It can occur in any race, however the greatest incidence is in caucasians of northern european descent, being 1/2500. The other major groups affected are hispanics 1/13500, african americans 1/15000. More than 10 million of us carry one part of the defective gene, but to have the disease you must have a copy from both parents. ...Read more

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Can someone get cystic fibrosis as a teenager?

Can someone get cystic fibrosis as a teenager?

Yes: A small segment of patients affected by cystic fibrosis does not show typical symptoms until teenage and apparently has very mild disease. This depends upon the mutation involving cftr gene (homozygous vs heretozygous so on). ...Read more

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Can someone have addison's disease and cystic fibrosis?

Can someone have addison's disease and cystic fibrosis?

Yes, they CAN, but: Addison's disease has been associated with other autoimmune glandular disorders, including malabsorption and type i diabetes. But cf, although having pancreatic (including diabetes i) & GI deficiencies (malabsorption), is a chromosomal not autoimmune disorder. Their association would be purely coincidental. See: neufeld, m, et al. Medicine: september 1981 - volume 60 - issue 5 - ppg 355-362. ...Read more

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Why does sputum change colors for someone who has cystic fibrosis?

Infection: Sputum color change can occur as an early sign there is a change in the chronic airway infections associated with cf. There may be more infection fighting cells present or more bacteria or, less commonly, blood.. ...Read more

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What is cystic fibrosis?

Genetic disorder: It is a genetic disorder characterized by abnormal sodium channels, which affect a great deal of problems including the respiratory and digestive systems. It is most commonly diagnosed in infants failing to gain appropriate weight, and in children who have multiple chronic infections. ...Read more

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Can you die of cystic fibrosis?

Yes but: Yes but with early diagnosis and regular care and adherence to prescribed therapy by a pediatric pulmonologist the long term survival has improved greatly in the past two decades. ...Read more

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What is cystic fibrosis exactly?

What is cystic fibrosis exactly?

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