Cystic Fibrosis (cont.)
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Although cystic fibrosis generally follows certain patterns, each person's symptoms depend on what is happening with his or her mucus-producing cells. These kinds of cells are found throughout the body in many different organs and systems, including the:
Regular medical care, home treatment such as postural drainage, and attempts to reduce infection can help people with cystic fibrosis lead relatively normal lives. If symptoms of cystic fibrosis get worse, treatment in a hospital may be needed. Lung transplant surgery may be an option for people who have very severe lung disease.
The life expectancy for people with cystic fibrosis has been steadily increasing over the past 40 years. On average, people who have cystic fibrosis live into their mid-to-late 30s, although new treatments are making it possible for some people to live into their 40s and longer. People who have a mild form of cystic fibrosis may have a normal life expectancy.
There is no cure for cystic fibrosis. But experts are hopeful that the discovery of the cystic fibrosis gene defect may soon lead to a cure.
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