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CYSTIC FIBROSIS

What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a chronic dis     

Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis:
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ease that affects the lungs and digestive system. Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited disease that is caused by defective gene and its protein product that cause the body to produce abnormally

Lung infections
Wheezing Persistent coughing Shortness of breath Lack of growth or weight gain even with a healthy diet and appetite Greasy stool Difficulty with bowel movements

thick mucus. Complications that can
arise from the thick mucus include clogging the lungs and pancreas which can cause a multitude of infections and blockages.

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Statistics:
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About 1,000 cases of CF are diagnosed every year Over 45% of CF patients are over the age of 18

Over 70% of cases are diagnosed by the age of 2-years-old

The predicted median life expectancy of someone suffering from CF is late 30’s

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Treatments:
Currently, there is no cure for CF, but there are many new treatments and drugs to help treat and manage this disease. Most treatment for CF starts with several techniques and forms of therapy to help loosen the thick mucus and prevent inflammation and infections. One technique used is triggering strong coughing that can help break up and clear the mucus that is causing a blockage or obstruction of airways. Other forms of treatment are different types of therapy, which includes: 1. Kalydeco 2. Clearing the airways (inhaled medications and/or antibiotics) 3. Implanted devices 4. Healthy diet and nutrition

Nicole Price
EDU-214-870 A. A. C. C.

References: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; http://www.cff.org/
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