Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a common hereditary disease that affects the entire body, causing progressive disability and early death. Breathing difficulties are the most common symptom and result from frequent lung infections, which are treated, though not always cured, by antibiotics and other medications. CF is a multi-system disorder of exocrine glands causing the formation of a thick mucus substance that affects the lungs, intestines, pancreas, and liver. The standard test for diagnosis is ...
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Signs and symptoms
... The specific signs and symptoms of CF can vary, depending on the severity of the disease. For example, one child with CF may have respiratory problems but not digestive problems, while another child m...
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... In CF, a defective gene alters a protein that regulates the normal movement of salt (sodium chloride) in and out of cells. This results in thick, sticky secretions in the respiratory and digestive tra...
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Risk factors
... The greatest risk factor for CF is a family history of the disease. If both you and your partner come from families with CF, the chances are one in four that each of your children will also have CF. Y...
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When to seek medical advice
... See your doctor if you suspect your child has CF. Signs and symptoms in newborns may include failure to grow, chronic respiratory problems — especially recurrent pneumonia — and frequent b...
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Screening and diagnosis
... If you''re pregnant or trying to become pregnant, you may want to consider talking to your doctor about a CF carrier test for you and your partner. In the past, doctors usually tested only couples at ...
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