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Cystic fibroses

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Cystic fibroses Cystic fibrosis is a disease that causes the body to produce thick, sticky mucus. As the mucus builds up in the lungs, it blocks the airways and promotes the growth of bacteria. As a result, patients experience chronic lung infections that cause increasing damage to the lungs. Cystic fibroses is a disease of the body's mucus glands that run in families. About 30,000 Americans have Cystic Fibroses at any given time. 12 million more Americans are carriers of Cystic Fibroses, but are not affected by it, but there children are. Cystic Fibroses is a serious disease which affects 3 many organs like the lungs, pancreas and digestive systems in children and young adults. The sweat glands and the reproductive system are also affected. ...read more.


In Cystic Fibrosis, the patient has a defective Cystic Fibroses gene. A defective Cystic Fibroses gene makes it difficult for chloride to move through cells. This causes abnormal mucus secretions and salt loss in the body. A Cystic Fibrosis is defective if a child inherits 2 abnormal genes, I from each parent. That is why even if parents don't have cystic fibrosis, their children could have it. The parents are called Cystic Fibrosis carries. There are 2 sets of hereditary materials, one from the mother there other from the father. The hereditary materials are made of chromosomes. We have 23 pairs, one set from the mother and the other from the father. In Cystic Fibrosis, 2 genes control chlorine movement. One can be called regular Cystic Fibroses gene (G), and the other dominant Cystic Fibrosis gene (g). ...read more.


After 30-40 minutes, the plastic is removed and the sweat on the pad or paper is analyzed. Higher than normal amounts of sodium and chloride suggest that the person may have cystic fibrosis. At the moment, there is no cure for Cystic Fibrosis. The treatment consists of reducing symptoms and slowing down the progress so the patient's quality of life is improved. There are also things you can do yourself to reduce breathing obstructions that cause frequent lung infection. Physical therapy, exercise and medication are used to reduce the mucus blocking the airways. Also you could have an lung transplant surgery. The digestive problems in Cystic Fibrosis are less serious and more easily managed than those in the lungs. A well balanced, high calorie diet, high in protein and pancreatic enzymes that helps digestion. Supplements of vitamins A, D, E and K are given to ensure good nutrition. Vitamins and medication are helpful to thin the mucus. ...read more.

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