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Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (also known as CF or mucoviscidosis) is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder that affects most critically the lungs, and also the pancreas, liver, and intestine. It is characterised by abnormal transport of chloride and sodium across an epithelium, leading to thick, viscous secretions.

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What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with cystic fibrosis, 48% report having cough, 28% report having feeling ill, and 11% report having decreased appetite. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of cystic fibrosis are bleeding gums, although you may still have cystic fibrosis without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with cystic fibrosis often receive other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation), mental health counseling, other respiratory therapy, physical therapy exercises, other or therapeutic nervous system procedures, other therapeutic procedures, microscopic examination (bacterial smear; culture; toxicology) and other vascular catheterization; not heart .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with cystic fibrosis include albuterol, tobramycin (tobi), multivitamin preparation (multivitamin), pancreatin, lansoprazole (prevacid), fluticasone nasal product, montelukast (singulair), fluticasone / salmeterol, levalbuterol (xopenex), pancrelipase (pancrease), cetirizine (zyrtec), ursodiol (urso) and budesonide .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for cystic fibrosis include age 5-14 years, age 1-4 years and age 15-29 years. On the other hand, age 75+ years and age 60-74 years almost never get cystic fibrosis.

Age

< 1 years
1.1x
1-4 years
2.3x
5-14 years
3.9x
15-29 years
2.1x
30-44 years
0.3x
45-59 years
0.1x
60-74 years
0.0x
75+ years
0.0x

Sex

Male
1.0x
Female
1.0x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.4x
Hispanic
0.6x
White
1.4x
Other
0.3x
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