There are some interesting facts about cystic fibrosis. Although cystic fibrosis is not a common disease and there is no cure for cystic fibrosis, yet, but is very well handled and managed. The best prognosis for cystic fibrosis, combined with early diagnosis through screening has already begun to cause a change in attitude. Several factors influence the prognosis for someone with cystic fibrosis. These factors include patient compliance, effectiveness of treatment and access to healthcare.
With one in every 3,200 babies born in the world, gradually increasing life expectancy for people with cystic fibrosis. Treatment depends on how early the disease was diagnosed. Back in 50’s patients has a life expectancy of 5 years alone. Today, thanks to the discovery of the gene in 1989 and further clinical trials, patients can live up the age of 40 or even 50.
Cystic fibrosis is also known as Mucovicidosis, particularly in other parts of the world. This is refer the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the exocrine glands of a person with cystic fibrosis. Heavy pulmonary congestion hold the bacteria in the lungs, creating infections that can be very dangerous for the patient.
What you should know is that cystic fibrosis is a chronic hereditary. You can not get it by just casual contact, or someone who comes into contact with body fluids.
Interesting Facts about Cystic Fibrosis
- People with the disease experience condition such as shortness of breath, salty sweat or greasy stools.
- The sweat test for cystic fibrosis used in children and adults to diagnose. The test for measure the amount of salt in the sweat of a patient, a person with cystic fibrosis have a high salt content in sweat.
- Children with cystic fibrosis have very salty sweat, caused by the abnormal protein produced by the gene for cystic fibrosis.
- The gene responsible for cystic fibrosis was discovered only in 1989
- Cystic fibrosis in children when both parents are carriers of a mutated copy of a gene called the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator or CFTR
- The disease occurs mainly in Caucasian or people with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. One in twenty people with Caucasian or Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry are carriers of the defective CFTR gene.
- patients with cystic fibrosis have to do daily physical therapy to clear mucus from the lungs
For more information about this disease, see www.cff.org. And please, help us fight against cystic fibrosis!