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What is cystic fibrosis and how is it diagnosed before the baby is born?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: Genetic illness

It is a genetic illness that affects the mucus in the lung and the pancreas, leading to progressive lung function decline and pancreatic insufficiency.
It is usually diagnosed at birth with standard screening tests. Prior to birth, both parents can have genetic testing to assess their risk of having a child with cf.

In brief: Genetic illness

It is a genetic illness that affects the mucus in the lung and the pancreas, leading to progressive lung function decline and pancreatic insufficiency.
It is usually diagnosed at birth with standard screening tests. Prior to birth, both parents can have genetic testing to assess their risk of having a child with cf.
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine
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In brief: Cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease.
There are some 1400 mutations of the CF gene that can cause cystic fibrosis. CF is passed down through families who inherit the mutated genes. If you have a family history of CF you should see your doctor about genetic counseling to see what your risk is. If you are pregnant then notify your obstetrician about this so that you can be informed.

In brief: Cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease.
There are some 1400 mutations of the CF gene that can cause cystic fibrosis. CF is passed down through families who inherit the mutated genes. If you have a family history of CF you should see your doctor about genetic counseling to see what your risk is. If you are pregnant then notify your obstetrician about this so that you can be informed.
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