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Cystic Fibrosis Facts

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 10:12 -- IV Solutions

If you want to learn about cystic fibrosis, you’ve found the right place! There’s a lot of information out there, but here are 12 quick facts and 7 common symptoms to get you started. Explore our site to find out more about living with cystic fibrosis.

  • Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic illness that affects the lungs and digestive system.
  • Cystic fibrosis is not contagious.
  • There is no cure, but we can treat the symptoms.
  • When both parents carry a CF gene, there is a chance their child will be born with cystic fibrosis.
  • When a person has CF, thick mucus is produced that clogs the pathways in the body.
  • The average life expectancy for a person with cystic fibrosis is 37 years. This number continues to rise with improved treatments.
  • By screening newborns for CF, treatment can begin earlier.
  • The follow-up test for CF is a painless sweat test, which looks for the extra salt that people with CF have in their sweat.
  • Cystic fibrosis is most common among Caucasians, but it can affect people of any ethnicity.
  • 70,000 people worldwide have cystic fibrosis. 1,000 new cases are diagnosed every year.
  • People with CF can live active, satisfying lives.
  • Every person with CF is unique and has different treatment needs.

Common CF Symptoms and Complications

  • Coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath
  • Lung infections
  • Digestive problems
  • Dehydration
  • Cystic Fibrosis-Related Diabetes (CFRD)
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Bone disease (weaker bones, osteopenia or osteoporosis)

Would you like to know more about the symptoms, treatments, and genetic causes of cystic fibrosis? IV Solutions can help.


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