What you need to know about Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis

Among many Genetic Disorder Diseases Cystic Fibrosis is also a kind of Disease causes due to genetic disorder. It was first detected in the 1930s. This disease is otherwise known as Mucoviscidosis. Its affect are majorly observed in some internal organs such as pancreas, lungs, liver and intestine. You can observe it when transportation of sodium and chloride across an epithelium goes abnormal, making thick, viscous secretions.

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The name Cystic Fibrosis is derived from the formation of scarring (fibrosis) and cyst within the pancreas. After getting these informations you might be getting more interested to know about it’s symptoms. Frequent infection in lungs with breathing problem is the most serious symptom of this disease. Lungs infection can be treated with antibiotics and some other medications. Apart from that infertility, Poor growth and sinus infections are some other symptoms of this disease.

Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic Fibrosis

Now here is the scientific cause of this disease. Mutation in the gene for the protein named cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator causes this disease. The components of sweat, digestive fluid and mucus are regulated with this protein. Almost 4% people of European decent carry at least one allele of Cystic Fibrosis and is commonly found among Caucasians. As per a report of World health organization 1 of every 2000-3000 new born babies in Europe is found to be affected with this disease. Cystic fibrosis can be diagnosed in an individual by genetic testing before birth or by sweat test in childhood.

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Cystic fibrosis can be detected in an individual by poor growth and poor weight gain despite of normal intake of food with salty tasting skin. Frequent lungs infections, coughing or difficulty in breathing can also be helpful in detecting Cystic Fibrosis in a person. Symptoms like Bowel  Obstruction due to meconium ileus mostly appears in a new born baby or in early childhood.

Cell named Ciliated epithelial cells in the patients body have a mutated protein which leads to abnormal production of viscous mucus. The poor growth in the patient causes inability to gain height or weight in comparision to other children of his/her age.

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Cystic illness is a kind of chronic illness which affects the digestive and respiratory system of the patient resulting respiratory infection and malnutrition. This kind of chronic illness makes life very difficult to manage.

Most important causes of this disease are lungs disease and lungs infections then comes the Gastrointestinal. Endocrine and Infertility are the other symptoms of this genetic disorder disease. Some people have two working copy of allele whereas only one copy is needed to prevent cystic fibrosis. When both the allele doesn’t works and fails to produce Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator then only Cystic Fibrosis develops.

Antibiotics are the most necessary medicines for the patients of Cystic Fibrosis. Many Cystic Fibrosis Patients mostly remains on one or more antibiotics. Sometimes lungs transmission becomes necessary for these patients due to decline in exercise tolerance and lung function.

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  1. darasi says

    Have cystic fibrosis along with lung diseases or lung infection really make patients more suffer 🙁
    It’s so informative, I’m sure patients with lung diseases will be more careful to their health after read this 🙂

  2. Emmanuel says

    To be frank with you, this is my first time hearing of this disease and I found it hard time trying to pronounce the words! Hahaha

    1. Temilola Waliu Globalwalyy says

      Hello Emmanuel, its Nice to see you here again, and you are right, many have claimed not to have ever heard of Cystic Fibrosis.. and this is one of the long time or let me say old ages disease.

      Thank you For your comments

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