Cystic Fibrosis

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It's easy to become overwhelmed with the challenges the disease brings, but with the help of doctors and other health professionals, you should have everything you need to manage the condition most effectively.

Cystic fibrosis, or “mucoviscidosis,” is an inherited genetic disorder that affects the lungs and digestive system.

According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, around 70,000 children in the world suffer from the disease, with 30,000 of them being from the United States.

Cystic fibrosis is characterized by the body producing excessive amounts of thick mucus, which obstructs the lungs and pancreas. This results in lung infections and problems with digestion.

Though treatment has advanced a lot in recent years (giving those with cystic fibrosis a life expectancy of over 40 in many cases), the disease causes a lot of discomfort and challenges in everyday life.

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Symptoms of cystic fibrosis include:

  • Overly salty-tasting skin
  • Repeated lung infections
  • Persistent coughing, sometimes with phlegm
  • Wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Unusual weight loss or gain, regardless of appetite
  • Irregular bowel functions

In order to diagnose cystic fibrosis, doctors use a number of tests. The first is the Sweat Test, which simply measures how much salt is in a person's sweat. Too much salt is indicative of cystic fibrosis.

Another way cystic fibrosis can be discovered is through newborn screening. All babies born in the United States receive newborn screening, which can help parents to know if their child has cystic fibrosis or not. Though the test isn't foolproof, it certainly assists early diagnosis in many cases, which leads to better treatment options. 

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