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Doctor insights on: Why Is Cystic Fibrosis More Common In Caucasians

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What are the common symptoms of having cystic fibrosis?

What are the common symptoms of having cystic fibrosis?

Vary: They vary among individuals. Failure to gain weight, diarrhea or fatty stool, cough, frequent lung and sinus infections are some of the common symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Cystic Fibrosis (Definition)

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder involving lungs & digestive tract, causing recurrent lung infections due to thick inspissated mucus & poor growth in majority of patients due to malabsorption. Treatment involves inhaled respiratory therapies to prevent lung disease & pancreatic enzymes to enable absorption of nutrients. Average life expectancy is near 40 years, ...Read more


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Is there a common age to start showing signs of cystic fibrosis?

Is there a common age to start showing signs of cystic fibrosis?

Birth to teen years: The most common variant of CF is detected at birth or would appear shortly thereafter anyway. Most cases are caught by the teen years, but rarer forms show up as late as 30 or so. ...Read more

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Why cystic fibrosis only affects the caucasian population and how the disease may have originated?

Why cystic fibrosis only affects the caucasian population and how the disease may have originated?

not true: Cystic fibrosis is a metabolic disorder more common in caucasions by present in many populations.The incidence is 1/3500 caucasion, 1/17, 000 african american, 1/80, 000 native american. It arises in mutations in the cftr gene that regulates cellular transport of chloride.There are in excess of 700 known mutations recorded but most common is the delta 508. ...Read more

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If no one in my family has cystic fibrosis like even my distant relatives and my dad is arabic and my mom is caucasian can I stil hav cystic fibrosis?

If no one in my family has cystic fibrosis like even my distant relatives and my dad is arabic and my mom is caucasian can I stil hav cystic fibrosis?

At your age very unl: ikely. At birth in most if not all states a tiny blood sample is taken and analyzed for a number of inborn errors of metabolism including the gene which controls the transport of the chloride ion across your cell membranes which is the underlying defect in CF. Problems almost always show up very early and are usually checked with an iontopheresis test. ...Read more

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During my preconception visit my dr. was really pushing genetic screening for before we start conceiving. We have no family history of genetic disorders and she said nothing stands out (other than cystic fibrosis since we are both Caucasian). ?

During my preconception visit my dr. was really pushing genetic screening for before we start conceiving.  We  have no family history of genetic disorders and she said nothing stands out (other than cystic fibrosis since we are both Caucasian). ?

See below: In addition to screening for cystic fibrosis, Indications for screening include,AMONG OTHERS, any one of the following:**A known or suspected hereditary disease in the patient or a family member; **Presence of birth defects, chromosomal abnormality, intellectual disability, developmental delay in a parent, a child, or the child of a family member**Ashkenazi Jewish ethnicity ...Read more

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How can you get easily checked up for cystic fibrosis?

Sweat chloride test: CF is an abnormality of chloride channels. A simple test where they tape a special paper to your arm and measure the amount of chloride in your sweat can help rule in or out cf. ...Read more

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At what age do the symptoms of cystic fibrosis first appear?

Varies: Unfortunately, there is no correct answer to this. It really varies and depends on various factors, including the type of mutation a patient may have. Symptoms may start soon after birth, or years later. ...Read more

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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

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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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Caucasian (Definition)

Caucasian, to most people, means a white person. But by the racial classification made in the 19th century, it ranged from people with light skin (no. Europe) to darker (parts of no. Africa & india). These people were felt to be originally from the caucases region of southeastern europe. At it's current core meaning, it is a white person, or ...Read more