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What to do if my 4 year old has symptoms of cystic fibrosis?

What to do if my 4 year old has symptoms of cystic fibrosis?

Visit Pediatrician: I would recommend discussing your concerns with your pediatrician and explain them to him/her. If your pediatrician agrees with your concerns then tests may be ordered to further look into the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis (cf). If the test suggests CF then you will be referred to a CF center. Your pediatrician may still refer you to a pediatric pulmonologist if concerns remain. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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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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What to look for to see if my 4 year old has symptoms of cystic fibrosis?

What to look for to see if my 4 year old has symptoms of cystic fibrosis?

Stinky poo: If your kid has poop that will clear a room from the stinky smell, and the sweat tastes like salt i might consider that diagnosis. Most will be well into those symptoms by 4. If your kid only has recurrent respiratory issues its more likely from other origins like allergies or asthma. Share your concerns with your doctor. ...Read more

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My 4 year old daughter has all the symptoms of cystic fibrosis, but has tested negative twice. Is there anything else it could be?

Cystic Fibrosis: It seems your daughter was referred to a peds pulmonologist by her pediatrician; different tests were done to rule out cf. Sometimes geneticist gets involved in testing if any diagnostic controversy. If she has lung issues, the pulmonary doctor will address that. If she has digestive issues, she should have been referred to gastro-enterologist. Talk to her pediatrician who is the best guide. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of cystic fibrosis and could a 19 year old be diagnosed with it or would they have been screened as a child in 1993?

CF : The symptoms of CF vary and there are many mutations associated with this genetic disorder. Some of the symptoms include, chronic cough, production of sputum, chronic pneumonia, digestive problems, especially with fat intake, sinusitis, diabetes. One negative screening test may not have adequately ruled out cf. If you suspect cf, a screening sweat test should be performed. ...Read more

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Can men with atypical cystic fibrosis have children? I have 2 children, I have no symptoms of CF and I am 32 years old. Never tested for CF.

Can men with atypical cystic fibrosis have children? I have 2 children, I have no symptoms of CF and I am 32 years old. Never tested for CF.

Sometimes: Actually, there are several different reasons that men with classic cystic fibrosis tend to be infertile; CFTR is part of the molecular machinery of spermatogenesis. It depends on your mutation. I'm wondering what you're worried about. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could a 49 year old develop cystic fibrosis?

Yes and No: Patients are born with cystic fibrosis. However it can take many years for the disease to become apparent in some patients. Thus, it is possible to be diagnosed with CF later in life but not to develop CF later in life. ...Read more

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Might it be that a 49 year old develop cystic fibrosis?

Might it be that a 49 year old develop cystic fibrosis?

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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Is it possible for a 50 year old man to have cystic fibrosis and not know it?

Is it possible for a 50 year old man to have cystic fibrosis and not know it?

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. ...Read more

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My 2 year old son had a throat culture that came back with a high reading of pseudomonas, is this a sign of cystic fibrosis?

My 2 year old son had a throat culture that came back with a high reading of pseudomonas, is this a sign of cystic fibrosis?

Need to rule CF out: I would have the culture repeated. Unfortunately, studies have shown 49% of 2 year olds had positive throat cultures for pseudomonas aeruginosa. Sweat testing and genetic testing should be performed. Check to see if newborn blood screen tested for cystic fibrosis (cf). ...Read more

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Art around what age do the obvious symptoms of cystic fibrosis set in? I'm worried of the disease although I played football for 5 years since 7th gra

Art around what age do the obvious symptoms of cystic fibrosis set in? I'm worried of the disease although I played football for 5 years since 7th gra

CF worry: Hi KennethH, typically CF is diagnosed in infants and children. However, about 7% of cases can present in adulthood. These tend to be less of the typical disease and more likely to develop diabetes, GI symptoms, and even infertility. Adults are more likely to have normal pancreatic function, unusual genetic mutations and equivocal sweat chloride tests. If you are worried, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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