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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?

Cough + sputum: If above applies, kiss him/her on the skin. If you taste salt it might be cf. A simple sweat test will rule it in or out. ...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


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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 cystic fibrosis affect p.I.E.S development?

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 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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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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Dr. William Walsh
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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