Cystic Fibrosis Research Paper

978 Words Feb 15th, 2013 4 Pages
Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic Fibrosis, a very serious inherited genetic disease, is also known as CF and sixty-five roses. This disease affects one in every 3,000 live births. It may first appear in a newborn, but can appear all the way up until a young adult. However, ten percent of most cases are apparent at birth. CF affects the lungs and causes a build-up of abnormally thick mucus which leads to chest infections, and CF also affects the reproductive system. Doctors do not know what causes the mucus to thicken. CF’s infections usually lead to death in childhood and early adulthood. Most people infected with CF had a life span into their teens long ago. Now, due to advanced technology, the life span is in the fifties or older.
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Lung function tests may also have to be performed. These function to measure the size of the lungs, the speed and capacity of air they can breathe in and out, and how well the lungs are delivering oxygen to the blood.
Sadly, there is no cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Antibiotics are used to treat and prevent lung infections. Mucus thinning drugs help to reduce the stickiness of mucus, improving lung function. A bronchodilator helps to relax the muscles and keep airways open. Mechanical devices can also help loosen lung mucus. A chest clapper and an inflatable vest are examples of mechanical devices. People with CF often have to have an implanted feeding tube for extra nutrition because CF harms digestion. If a victim of CF has severe breathing problems, a double lung transplant may be a possibility, but there can also be huge complications. Increased fluid intake can reduce mucus. A person with CF should exercise regularly, stay away from smoke, and encourage hand washing to the whole family.
Sometimes, parents can be shocked by the diagnosis of their child with Cystic Fibrosis. The parents may join a support group. The diagnosed children with the disorder may want to join a CF support group to meet with children just like them. Psychologists are even an option for the whole family. If someone with a family history of Cystic Fibrosis is thinking about having a child, they might want to undergo genetic testing before

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