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Cystic Fibrosis - CysticFibrosis CF ,...

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Cystic Fibrosis
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CF It is the most common life shortening genetic disease  among people of Northern European decent Caused by a faulty CFTR gene that causes the body to  produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus that can clog the  lungs, pancreas, intestines, and other organs In order for a child to have CF, they must inherit two of  these genes.
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History First description was in 1938 Life expectancy is now in the mid- to late-30s Increase in treatment and therapy in order to sustain life
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Prevalence One in 31 Americans—10 million people—are  symptomless carriers of the defective CF gene 1 in 3,700 people have CF Equal occurrence in males and females
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Characteristics Individual effects Respiratory problems Digestive problems Cystic Fibrosis-Related Diabetes (CFRD) Coughing Fatigue Sinus infections
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Diagnosis Sweat Test Measures the amount of chloride in an individual’s sweat
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Treatment Varies from individual to individual Medications Chest physiotherapy/airway clearance treatments Exercise Nutrition Hospitalizations Lung transplant
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Treatment (cont.)
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