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  • History of Cystic Fibrosis
  • History of Cystic Fibrosis
  • Cystic fibrosis?!!5 types?!
  • Causes
  • Incidence
  • How unfortunate i was one of the 2 %.
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • I don't remember the doctors doing any of that.
  • Treatment
  • Not in the my time though!
  • Prevention
  • Additional Information
  • Hi, I am Dr. Dorthy Anderson and I was the first person who made a proper diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis back in 1938! The person to my right is Frederic Chopin, he was believed to be the first person to have Cystic Fibrosis back in the early 1800's ( 1810-1849). Cystic Fibrosis is also known as CF.
  • There are 5 types of Cystic Fibrosis which are protein production, protein processing, gating defect, conduction defect, and insufficient protein. It is still currently unknown what type of Cystic Fibrosis Frederic Chopin had. The lungs, pancreas and other intestines develop obstructions of thick mucus as a result of CF. CF could also result in chronic lung illness, breathing issues, frequent respiratory infections, stunted growth and malnutrition.
  • Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder. How CF develops is because children inherit the disease from their parents.
  • According to the American Lung Association Cystic Fibrosis affects 30,00 people in the United States and approximately 70,000 people worldwide yearly . CF does not affect a certain age group, but 75% of the Cystic Fibrosis population are diagnosed by the age of 2 .Over fifty percent of people with CF are over the age of 18. CF is most common within the white population, but it does not affect a certain ethnic group. The mortality rate of Cystic Fibrosis 1-2% which is rare.
  • Some signs and symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis are salty tasting skin, a persistent cough, poor growth or weight gain in-spite of good appetite, wheezing or shortness of breath, and frequent lung infections. Frederic Chopin could have had any of these symptoms.
  • How doctors are able to determine or diagnose if a person has Cystic Fibrous is by running a sweat test and/or a genetics test. A sweat test is the standard test for diagnosing Cystic Fibrosis, also checks for high level chloride in your sweat. A genetic test takes blood or cells from a cheek swabbing, it can also be tested for mutations in the CFTR gene.
  • Presently there is many treatment options to Cystic Fibrosis. Treatments include antibiotics to prevent infections, medicines to thin mucus, widen airways, and reduce inflammation, also there are special techniques and devices to help clear mucus from lungs. At this time there is not a cure for CF. Many medications are prescribed to help treat Cystic Fibrosis, medications such as Lumacaftor, Ivacaftor, and Tezacaftor. These medications reduce amount of salt in sweat, improve lung function and weight gain.
  • Unfortunately there is no possible way to prevent Cystic Fibrosis. CF is present at birth in some organs with people. Sometime in the future, gene therapy may be used to prevent the lung disease from developing.
  • As stated before Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease. The faulty CF gene is carried in 2 copies in CF patients, one from each parent. At least one faulty gene copy must be present in both parents. CF is a complex disease, it might vary greatly from person to person in terms of the types of symptoms and severity. Age of diagnosis is just one of the many variables that might impact a person's health and the course of the disease.
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