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Why does cystic fibrosis shorten life span?

Why does cystic fibrosis shorten life span?

Chronic Illness: Progress in management has improved the quality of life for CF patients but it doesn't take away the basic vulnerabilities of the illness. In its worst forms, the illness shuts down production of enzymes that permit digestion of food & creates excessive mucous in the lungs that sets them up for deadly pneumonia & lung scaring. At some point, one of the complications will end their life. ...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's the average life-span of a female with cystic-fibrosis and diabetes?

Unknown: If you ask many experts they will tell you statistics based on large populations, when you look at an individual its harder to predict. As long as the person takes good care of their diabetes and takes all the medicines for cystic fibrosis and sees the doctor frequently at any sign of infection then the person can live a very long life. ...Read more

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Atypical cystic fibrosis life expectancy?

Atypical cystic fibrosis life expectancy?

Depends: Without a full exam and review of medical records and history of infections secondary to CF would be remiss in trying to become an actuarial. Go see a pulmonologist and discuss the options and likely outcomes. ...Read more

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What is the average life expectancy with cystic fibrosis?

Depends: The life expectancy for a cystic fibrosis (CF) patient depends on a variety of factors. However, in the U.S., the average life expectancy is between 30-40 years of age. ...Read more

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These days what's the life expectancy for people with cystic fibrosis?

Depends...: There is no way to accurately predict how long a person with cystic fibrosis will live, as many different factors affect a person’s health. Severity of disease and time of diagnosis are two such factors. Many people have a mild case of cf, while others can have moderate or severe. In 2009, the median predicted age of survival was in the mid-30s. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy after a double lung transplant if cystic fibrosis?

What is the life expectancy after a double lung transplant if cystic fibrosis?

Median is 5.5 yrs: That being said, population statistics can't be applied to individuals. How well the surgery went, the match characteristics, how well oh avoid infection, your fitness prior to transplant, how well you tolerate the transplant regimen, etc all effect your quality of life and longevity. ...Read more

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What would be the life expectancy after a double lung transplant if you have cystic fibrosis?

5 to 10 years: 5 year survival after double lung transplant occurs in 80% of people with cf. 10 year survival occurs in 50% of people with CF who have a double lung transplant and therefore is the average life expectancy. Regular medical care to manage episodes of rejection and infection in the transplanted lungs are critical to achieving a good outcome. ...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 an early cystic fibrosis test rule out the possibility of a late in life diagnosis?

Depends on test: Depending on the original test that was performed, it is unlikely that a diagnosis of CF will be made later in life. Most of the testing that is done today is highly accurate. If you are referring to yourself, at age 31, if the diagnosis of CF has not yet been made, and you have been relatively healthy all of your life, i would say it is unlikely you have it. ...Read more