What Is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic Fibrosis is a condition characterized by the excessive production of thick mucus in the nose, lungs, and abdomen, leading to difficulties in breathing and food digestion. The mucus, akin to dense sweat, is prone to infections, often obstructing the sinuses, lungs, and stomach of affected individuals.
More than 30,000 children and adults in the United States are living with Cystic Fibrosis
Approximately 70,000 people worldwide have Cystic Fibrosis
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About Cystic Fibrosis:
Cause of the disease:
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder resulting from an abnormal gene inherited from both parents, a pattern known as autosomal recessive.
This abnormal gene affects the sweat production, making digestion and breathing challenging due to the thickened mucus.
Genes are located on chromosomes within our cells, and they act like blueprints for our biological characteristics. In this analogy, a cell is a house, a chromosome is a room, and genes are the furniture.
Just as some furniture may be faulty, certain genes can lead to conditions like cystic fibrosis.
"Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetically inherited disease that causes persistent lung infections and makes it difficult to breathe. While primarily affecting the lungs, it can also impact the digestive system, including the pancreas, liver, intestines, and kidneys. CF may also affect the ears, nose and sinuses, sex organs, and the bones and joints."
"Cystic fibrosis is one of the most common genetic disorders in white people in the United States, occurring in one of every 3,200 live births. It is less common in African Americans (1 in 17,000), Asian Americans (1 in 31,000) and Native Americans. While still unusual in Hispanics, it is increasing in prominence over time (1 in 4,000 to 10,000).
More than 30,000 children and adults in the United States are living with CF.
Another 70,000 people with CF live in other countries.
Approximately 1,000 new cases of CF are diagnosed each year."
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Antibiotics, along with other therapeutic approaches, are used to manage the symptoms and complications associated with cystic fibrosis. It is important for individuals with this condition to work closely with their healthcare providers to determine the most effective treatment plan.
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