Patient Scenario Involving Cystic Fibrosis The patient presenting with cystic fibrosis will have difficulty breathing, will be coughing and could have a respiratory infection. The patient will likely be white as the disease affects Caucasians more so than other ethnicities. It occurs in 1 of every 3500 Caucasians and is very rare in Asians and Blacks ( Huether & McCance, 2017) . Most children are screened for cystic fibrosis at birth, but one symptom that parents often notice with babies is the presence of salty skin when they kiss their child. For those who are not diagnosed in childhood, they will often have a cough that worsens over time prompting them to seek medical help. The diagnosis can be reached with a genetic test. Additional testing may include testing the mucus and also a lung function test to assess how well they are breathing. How Gender Impacts Cystic Fibrosis and Associated Alterations and Symptoms Symptoms of cystic fibrosis include chronic coughing, wheezing, and frequent upper respiratory infections.
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