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Can a child of 13 with cystic fibrosis play vollyball without struggling?

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
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In brief: PFTs with albuterol

An additional comment: children with CF can participate in sports if they are able to do so.
Obtaining a lung function test with and without a bronchodilator to determine whether there is treatable reactivity of the airway may be useful. This can be discussed with your doctor.

In brief: PFTs with albuterol

An additional comment: children with CF can participate in sports if they are able to do so.
Obtaining a lung function test with and without a bronchodilator to determine whether there is treatable reactivity of the airway may be useful. This can be discussed with your doctor.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis children has limited lung capacity that gets worse overtime.
It will be difficult to participate i sport with limited lung capacity. Most children with cystic fibrosis end in lung transplant by early 20s.

In brief: Cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis children has limited lung capacity that gets worse overtime.
It will be difficult to participate i sport with limited lung capacity. Most children with cystic fibrosis end in lung transplant by early 20s.
Dr. Sari Nabulsi
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Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
This is not necessarily a fact. Depending on where you live, life expectancy, currently (2011) for a CF patient is ~ 40 years. Most people with CF do not end up with a lung transplant in their early 20s. Only the most severe cases of CF require lung transplantation. A 13 yo child, depending on their lung function, has a good chance of being able to participate in sports without struggling.
Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
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In brief: It's possible

Not all children (or adults) with CF have significant respiratory issues.
So, many children participate in sports with some or no problems. Using their inhalers may help tolerate activities better. Care should be taken to exercise in moderation, not to exhaustion. Additionally, the risk of dehydration may be higher with this disease, so drinking fluids is very important during sports.

In brief: It's possible

Not all children (or adults) with CF have significant respiratory issues.
So, many children participate in sports with some or no problems. Using their inhalers may help tolerate activities better. Care should be taken to exercise in moderation, not to exhaustion. Additionally, the risk of dehydration may be higher with this disease, so drinking fluids is very important during sports.
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