Cystic Fibrosis (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder. Specifically, cystic fibrosis is an autosomal recessive disease. This means that to get the disease, you must inherit the changed (mutated) gene from both parents. Keep in mind:
When To Call a Doctor
It is important to diagnose and treat cystic fibrosis early. Call your doctor if your child:
Call your doctor if your child who has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis gets worse in any way. Typically, this is when your child:
Watchful waiting is a period of time during which you and your doctor observe your child's symptoms without using medical treatment. Watchful waiting is not a good idea for people who have cystic fibrosis. If your child has any signs of cystic fibrosis, even if they seem to be mild, see the doctor right away.
Who to see
The following doctors can diagnose and treat cystic fibrosis:
Other health professionals may also be involved in your child's care:
Cystic fibrosis multidisciplinary specialist centers offer the best, most comprehensive treatment available by addressing the medical, nutritional, and emotional needs of people who have cystic fibrosis. You can locate one by contacting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at www.cff.org.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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