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Could a 49 year old develop cystic fibrosis?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. William Walsh
49 would be an usually late age to diagnose the disease, but a variant of the disease could appear that late in life, conceivably.
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: Detection

It is possible to have a mild variant of CF that is detected later in life; 49 would likely be the oldest so declared.
The gene that codes for the sodium-chloride transporter can be mutated in various ways that cause cf. If you do have cf, the disease was present all your life but mild enough that you did not notice until later on.

In brief: Detection

It is possible to have a mild variant of CF that is detected later in life; 49 would likely be the oldest so declared.
The gene that codes for the sodium-chloride transporter can be mutated in various ways that cause cf. If you do have cf, the disease was present all your life but mild enough that you did not notice until later on.
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
I have seen a patient who was not diagnosed until he was in his late 50's. He had been treated for COPD for many years.
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