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Transcript of Cystic Fibrosis
Treatment options include antibiotics to help prevent lung and sinus infections, inhaled medications to help open the airways, oxygen therapy, and sometimes a lung transplant. Enzymes must be taken with every meal and drinking lots of fluids to help with digestion.
What Causes Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic Fibrosis is caused by a mutation in the CFTR gene. This gene is in charge of providing instructions for making the channel inside cells that transports the chloride ions in and out of the cell.
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Effects on Lungs
The extra thick and sticky mucus that is produced because of the mutation clogs tubes in the lungs causing thick spit, wheezing, lung infections, breathlessness, and inflammation.
Effects on Digestive System
The thick mucus also blocks the tubes that carry digestive enzymes from the pancreas to small intestine. This results in poor weight gain and growth, intestinal blockage, and severe constipation.
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic Fibrosis is a disorder that causes the protective mucus around your organs to be extra thick and sticky. This causes clogs in the digestive system and airway to the lungs as well as many other problems.
More on the CTFR Gene
This type of condition is inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern, meaning both copies of the gene in a cell have mutations. This most common CFTR mutation is a deletion of 3 DNA nucleotides.
Impacts on Life
Staying healthy is very important. People with this disorder need prescribed medications, physiotherapy, exercise and a well balanced diet. In extreme cases, some patients may need an oxygen tank and a wheelchair.
fertility in women with CF is normal while men with the disorder are usually infertile due to the absence/abnormality of the vas deferens tube
CF affects around 100,000 people around the world
CF affects people of all ethnic backgrounds, but it is more common in the Caucasian population
This video explains CF in a more simplistic way. It has statistics and other types of information to help understand CF better.
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Signs and Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis.
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