The symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis are as follows:
Excessive appetite but poor weight gain
Foul smelling stools
Cause of Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic Fibrosis is caused by genetic differences among a persons gene. A child will most likely inherit two abnormal genes
in order to have Cystic fibrosis. Any parent obtaining the CF gene can pass it on to their unborn child; the parents may not
necessarily have Cystic Fibrosis but one of which parents could carry that particular gene of the disease which can then be
passed on to their child. If both parents obtain CF genes then there is a good chance the unborn child will have
Cystic Fibrosis. If the disease is not passed onto the child, then chances are that the child most likely be a carrier of
the disease, and therefore pass it on to their child, and the continuation keeps going to the family and eventually there
will be a higher chance of the unborn children to get the disease, the higher it goes up the cycle.
Treatment for Cystic Fibrosis
The treatment for Cystic Fibrosis can include postural drainage also referred to as (Chest physical therapy
[CPT]) this requires vigorous percussion (by using cupped hands) on the chest and back to help clear the thick mucus out of
the lungs. Patients also take antibodies to help treat their pancreas and lung infections. The patients dealing with cystic
fibrosis may have trouble with their digestive system, where the body does not absorb the nutrients they need, therefore they
are require to maintain an enriched diet, as well they maybe require to take replacement and pancreatic enzymes tablets.
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic Fibrosis is the most common inherited metabolic disorder in children and young adults,
which affects the respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems. Cystic fibrosis causes the body to produce thick,
sticky mucus. This thick sticky mucus clogs the lungs, and eventually leads to lung infections. Not only does Cystic Fibrosis
affect the lungs but this disease also affects the pancreas, which then causes enzymes to no longer reach the intestines to
digest food. Across seas there are approximately 30,000 people in the United States with CF, 3,000 in Canada and 30,000 in
other areas of the world.
For a child to inherit this disease they must have a Cystic Fibrosis gene from each parent
(There is a 25% chance of a child being born with this disease if both parents have the CF gene). This disease is not contagious,
so it can not be transmitted to one person from another . The average age of survival in patients of CF is 31 years.