CYSTIC FIBROSIS

by: Randell Howard and Henry Vasquez

~life-threatening
~affects cells that create mucus, sweat and fluids in your digestive system
     ~clogs lungs/airways & part of the digestive system
~no cure
~most live into their 20's or 30's, some till 40's or 50's

~recessive

WHAT IS IT LIKE LIVING WITH THIS DISORDER?

~breathing & digestion problems
~in &out of the hospital
~daily care
~can have many complications in the respiratory system
  ~bronchiectasis
  ~chronic infections
  ~nasal polyps
~DOES NOT AFFECT LEARNING ABILITIES OR BEHAVIOR

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF GETTING THIS DISORDER?

~Caucasians (most common)
    ~1/2500-3500
~African Americans
    ~1/17000
~Asian Americans
    ~1/31000

SYMPTOMS:

RESPIRATORY:
~persistent cough
~wheezing
~breathlessness
~decreased ability to exercise
~repeated lung infections
~inflamed nasal passages or stuffy nose

TESTING FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS:

~routine screenings on newborns (in US)
~sweat test
~genetic testing

TREATMENTS/MEDICATION:

CHEST PHYSICAL THERAPY:

~chest clapper
~inflatable vest
~breathing devices

PULMONARY REHAB:

~exercise training
~nutritional counseling
~energy-conserving techniques
~breathing strategies
~psychological counselling or group support or both

MEDICATIONS:

~antibiotics
~mucus-thinning drugs
~bronchodilators
~oral pancreatic enzymes

MANY SURGICAL OPTIONS

CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION WEBSITE:
http://www.cff.org/

CITATIONS:

"Cystic Fibrosis." Definition. Mayo Clinic, 13 June 2012. Web. 11 Feb. 2015.
"Cystic Fibrosis." Genetic Home Reference. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Aug. 2012. Web. 16 Mar. 2015.
"Genes and Inheritance." BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2015.