Articles for tag: Cystic Fibrosis, Fibrosis, Hereditary Disease, Lung Transplant, Sweat Test

Cystic Fibrosis and the Genetic Link with Chromosome 7

Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, disabling disease of mucus glands in the lungs, liver, pancreas, and the intestines. Thick, and teeming with microbes, the mucus produced is abnormal; in the shelter of matrices called biofilms, rank parches of infection bloom beyond the reach of immune defenses or antibiotics. Over time, glutinous secretions and chronic infection ...

Resources for Cystic Fibrosis Parents

First, you notice your child has abnormal eating or sleeping habits. Then, an irregular sleeping pattern alerts you even more. You contact your child’s pediatrician, thinking this is somewhat of a natural occurrence for babies and can be easily resolved. Your child’s pediatrician does a whole host of tests and asks you a bunch of ...

Diagnosing Cystic Fibrosis in Children

Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited condition in which a defective gene disrupts the normal production of mucus, causing it to become thick and sticky. As the mucus cannot move properly, it begins to build up in the body and form obstructions in areas such as the lungs and pancreas. The result is often severe lung ...

Resources for Cystic Fibrosis Teens

One day, in my high school days, our science teacher told us that our class was going to receive in a new student that had a rare condition called cystic fibrosis (CF). My friends and I had mixed emotions about that. We were scared and curious about it. Some of us were expecting a strange ...