Cystic Fibrosis

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Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis

Prevention:Doctors advise an undergo of genetic testing before having children. Tests can help determine if you are at risk of having a child with cystic fibrosis.

•Wheezing•Breathlessness•Cough that doesn't go away•Thick spit/ mucus•Difficulty exercising•Repeated lung infections•Inflamed nasal passages, (stuffy nose)•Insufficient weight gain

•Mutation in a gene •Protein that regulates the movement of salt throughout the body is altered•Recessive



Description:•Inherited•Life threatening•Severe damage to lungs and digestive system•Affects mucus, sweat and digestive juices, (causes the secretions to become thick and sticky.)•Daily care needed•Most live into their 20's and 30's

Complications:•Cough up blood•Collapsed lung/ Respiratory failure: Lungs may not work anymore.•Nutritional deficiencies•Diabetes•Intussusception: Intestines folds in on itself like an accordion•Reproductive system complications: Many affected people are infertile, successful pregnancies can occur•Osteoporosis: Thinning of bones

Treatment:•No cure Medications:•Antibiotics: Prevent lung infections•Mucus-thinning drugs•Oral pancreatic enzymes: Help absorb nutrients•Bronchodilators: Keep airways openMechanical devices:•Chest clapper: Hand held device that claps on top of rib cage•Inflatable vest: Vibrates at high frequencySurgical procedures:•Oxygen therapy•Lung transplant•Feeding tube•Bowel surgery


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