alexa Cystic Fibrosis – Overview of Disease

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Cystic Fibrosis – Overview of Disease

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited autosomal recessive disorder in children that affects the lungs and digestive system of children. “Cystic fibrosis is the most common cause of chronic lung disease in children and young adults. Signs of CF may appear at birth and include meconium ileus which appears at birth, salty skin may be noticed when newborn is kissed , steatorrhea or frequent greasy, bulky and foul smelling stools or difficulty in bowel movements may be apparent in the first year of life, and malabsorption occurs because the intestine lacks the necessary pancreatic enzymes needed to digest food and absorb nutrients. Chronic cough and frequent infections of the lungs may increase over time – hypoxia, fatigue and an intolerance to activity develops. “The standard diagnostic test for cystic fibrosis is a sweat test, which measures the amount of sodium or chloride in a person’s sweat”.

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