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Why can't cystic fibrosis patients be near each other?
8 doctors weighed in

David Miller
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree
In brief: Sharing
Patients with cystic fibrosis are highly susceptible to lung infections.
As a result, if they spend a lot of time together, they can readily swap infections. This is one case where you should shun your parents' otherwise good advice on sharing.

In brief: Sharing
Patients with cystic fibrosis are highly susceptible to lung infections.
As a result, if they spend a lot of time together, they can readily swap infections. This is one case where you should shun your parents' otherwise good advice on sharing.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. William Walsh
And the sorts of bacteria that they share tend to shorten their life span. Burkholderia and Pseudomonas often lead to chronic airway infections, and Burkholderia usually will preclude a lung transplant.
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Resistance
Unfortunate experience with CF camps, dating, and support groups showed us that highly resistant bacteria (including pseudomonas aeruginosa, burkholderia cepacia, mrsa) were shared between patients.
These bacteria lead to declines in lung function and complicate treatment. Burkholeria is often a contraindication to transplant. Online support groups and facebook ease the pain.

In brief: Resistance
Unfortunate experience with CF camps, dating, and support groups showed us that highly resistant bacteria (including pseudomonas aeruginosa, burkholderia cepacia, mrsa) were shared between patients.
These bacteria lead to declines in lung function and complicate treatment. Burkholeria is often a contraindication to transplant. Online support groups and facebook ease the pain.
Dr. William Walsh
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Richard Roberts
Clinical Genetics
In brief: Something to smile
Usually, those who do are siblings. Be happy!

In brief: Something to smile
Usually, those who do are siblings. Be happy!
Dr. Richard Roberts
Dr. Richard Roberts
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