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Where in the us provides the best climate for CF patients?

Where in the us provides the best climate for CF patients?

Climate & CF: The best outcomes for CF related lung disease are with regular use of airway clearance therapies & inhaled medications, maintaining good nutritional status & closely monitoring for CF related complications at an accredited CF center. Climate will not make any significant difference if you are not doing your prescribed treatments & therapies. Good compliance with therapies will ensure best results.

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Could pulmozyme (dornase alfa) use result in increased respiratory rate in non-cf patient with a tracheostomy?

Could pulmozyme (dornase alfa) use result in increased respiratory rate in non-cf patient with a tracheostomy?

Maybe: Side effects with Pulmozyme (dornase alfa) are various and can include irritation of the throat, nose and voice changes. It can also cause hoarseness. I use a fair amount in my patients and have not seen it increase respiratory rate. I guess if it was irritating the airway you could breath faster due to pain/discomfort. I don't think that increased resp rate is very common on this drug.

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I was told that pleurodesis makes lung transplant very difficult for cf patients. Is that true?

I was told that pleurodesis makes lung transplant very difficult for cf patients. Is that true?

Operations difficult: Several more recent studies comparing CF patients with pleurodesis and no pleurodesis did not seem to show significant difference in outcome. It was originally though that greater adhesions or fibrosis from pleurodesis would cause excessive bleeding. All patients with CF have some degree of pleural adhesions. Operations can be difficult either way.

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Why can't cystic fibrosis patient be near each other?

Increased infection: I am not a pulmonary or infectious specialist so I would defer the definitive answer to those specialty physicians. My understanding is that cystic fibrosis patients have increased risk of pulmonary infection. Placing two individuals with the same increased risk together would increase their risk even more.

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Why can't cystic fibrosis patients be near each other?

Why can't cystic fibrosis patients be near each other?

Sharing: Patients with cystic fibrosis are highly susceptible to lung infections. As a result, if they spend a lot of time together, they can readily swap infections. This is one case where you should shun your parents' otherwise good advice on sharing.

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What happens in the body of a cystic fibrosis patient?

What happens in the body of a cystic fibrosis patient?

Cystic Fibrosis: There is not enough space to answer this question thoroughly in this format. Check out the link below, it gives some good information on cystic fibrosis and the various systemic effects: http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Cystic_fibrosis

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What are the caloric needs of patient with cystic fibrosis?

What are the caloric needs of patient with cystic fibrosis?

CF diet/supplements: The caloric needs of a CF patient can be 20-30% higher or more than someone without cf. The use of calories for example in respiratory effort uses calories that would otherwise not be expended. Eating a high protein high calorie diet along with CF nutritional supplements will help boost caloric intake. I hope that this helps.

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How does cystic fibrosis affect the patient and their family?

Many ways: This is a chronic disease that can cause a variety of consequences to the patient and their family. This is a very complicated question to be answered briefly here.

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What does a typical cystic fibrosis patient look like and feel like?

Not clear: Not clear what is being asked. Are you looking for information or looking for a physician for cystic fibrosis? A starting point would be your general physician who can refer you to a specialist, if needed.

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What is done to improve the immune system of a cystic fibrosis patient?

Cystic fibrosis: CF is a genetic defect and at this time, it cannot be repaired. Companies such as sangamo pharmaceuticals are working on cures for mono-genetic diseases, and maybe someday a cure could become available.

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Is palliative care usually covered by insurance for cystic fibrosis patients?

Is palliative care usually covered by insurance for cystic fibrosis patients?

Should be covered: Palliative care should be covered by insurance, regardless of the underlying diseases a person has. One can call her insurance company to check. Palliative care can be really helpful when a patients diseases can no longer be improved by medical treatments.

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Which medications does a cystic fibrosis patient in their mid/late teens take daily?

CF meds: Depends on overall pulmonary and GI status: if pancreatic insufficient: -pancreatic enzymes -cf vitamins lung disease: -mucolytics such as pulmozyme -albuterol-bronchodilator -chest physiotherapy to clear secretions -nebulized antibiotics if chronic psuedomonas -azithromycin if chronic pseudomonas -anti-inflammatories sometimes there are also other medications based on disease state.

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For what reasons might the pancreas get blocked by mucus in cystic fibrosis patients?

Thick: The secretions in cystic fibrosis are more viscous (thicker) than normal and interfere with normal drainage resulting in blockages of the bronchial tubes of the lung with resultant pneumonia and lung injury. Similar issues involve the pancreas. Newborns with the disease frequently have difficulty passing their bowel movements.

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Is it possible to donate a lung to a cystic fibrosis patient if you are a smoker?

Depends: If you are a heavy smoker with significant emphysema you may have reduced your pulmonary reserve to the point that you would have a tough time getting by on one lung, ditto the recipient. You would need to have a full pulmonary function evaluation to find out.

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Would it be possible for someone to donate a lung to a cystic fibrosis patient when you are a smoker?

Depends: If your pulmonary function tests show both lungs to have adequate capacity and no significant emphysema then it could be possible. Bear in mind that you both have to be able to live relatively normal lives on the single remaining lung. Both you and the recipient should avoid being in the same room with a cigarette!

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Is CBAVD sensitive for Cystic Fibrosis? In other words, if a male patient has both vas deferens, can it be assumed they do not have cystic fibrosis?

Is CBAVD sensitive for Cystic Fibrosis? In other words, if a male patient has both vas deferens, can it be assumed they do not have cystic fibrosis?

Need chromosomal tes: Generally absence of vas deference is associated with cystic fibrosis. However to make a definite diagnosis of caustic fibrosis you need the chromosomal test.