Cystic Fibrosis

By: Aaron Barnes

Cystic Fibrosis is a disease passed down through families. It causes thick sticky mucus to build up in the lungs, digestive tract and other areas of the body. It is one of the most common chronic lung disease in children and young adults. It is a life threatening disorder.  

Causes: Heredity

Symptoms: Very Salty Tasting Skin/Sweat, Persistent coughing at times with phlegm, frequent lung infections, wheezing or shortness of breath, poor growth and slow weight gain in spite of good appetite, frequent greasy, bulky stools or difficulty in bowel movement.

Detection: Genetic Test or Blood Test. The Blood Test shows whether the new born's pancreas is working properly. Sweat Test is another test. It measures the amount of salt in the sweat.

Treatment: Antibiotics for infections of the airways. Chest Physical Therapy, exercise and other medications   

Other Facts about Cystic Fibrosis

1. It clogs your lungs and leads to life threatening lung infections

2. Obstructs the pancreas stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down food and absorb vital nutrients.

3. A gene changes in the protein that regulates the movement of salt in and out of cells

4. Although Cystic Fibrosis occurs in all races it is most common in white people of Northern European ancestry.   

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