What is cystic fibrosis?
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes
The life expectancy for people with cystic fibrosis has been steadily increasing.
What causes cystic fibrosis?
Cystic fibrosis is one of the most common
What are the symptoms?
Cystic fibrosis is usually diagnosed at an early age. The symptoms aren't the same for everyone. But some common symptoms in a baby who has cystic fibrosis include:
Other symptoms may also develop in childhood, such as:
How is cystic fibrosis diagnosed?
The doctor will likely notice the signs of cystic fibrosis during a routine exam. Some states routinely screen newborn babies for cystic fibrosis. Screening tests look for a certain health problem before any symptoms appear.
If your child has a positive newborn screening test or symptoms of cystic fibrosis, your doctor will order a
How is it treated?
The types of treatment your child receives depends on what kinds of health problems the cystic fibrosis is causing and how your child's body responds to different types of treatment. Doctors usually recommend a combination of medicines, home treatment methods (including respiratory and nutritional therapies), and other specialized care to manage the disease.
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