Essay about Cystic Fibrosis

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Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away. According to the American Lung association, the average adult takes 15 to 20 breaths a minute resulting in over 20,000 breaths a day. Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited and obstructive lung disease caused by the overall obstruction of the airways with mucus that form in the lungs, pancreas and sweat glands. CF therefore affects the ability to breath and ultimately kills it victims at a young age. Most individuals who have Cystic Fibrosis become progressively worse, and many die in their 20s and 30s.Obviously Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening disorder and has different symptoms, complications and diagnostic studies. According to the…show more content…
Abnormally thick, abundant secretions from mucous glands can lead to a chronic, diffuse, and obstructive pulmonary disorder in almost all patients. The way to determine if one has Cystic Fibrosis, which is caused by the mucus in the body’s organs, varies from patient to patient and depends on the severity of the disease. “CF is characterized by several clinical features: increased viscosity of mucous gland secretions, a striking elevation of sweat electrolytes, an increase in several organic and enzymatic constituents of saliva, and abnormalities in autonomic nervous system function” (Essentials of Pediatric Nursing 795). Failure to grow, persistent cough with mucus production, and large frequent bowel movements are early manifestations of CF in childhood. Additionally, one of the first signs of cystic fibrosis is an excessively salty taste to the skin, and parents often can taste the salt when they kiss their child. Nonetheless, problems with breathing are among the most common symptoms. In adults, a frequent cough is the first symptom of Cystic Fibrosis. Pneumonia, bronchiolitis, and bronchitis are among other respiratory problems that may be indicative of Cystic Fibrosis. “The disease progresses from being a disease of the small airways (Chronic bronchiolitis) to involvement of the larger airways, and finally causes destruction of lung tissue. CF also progresses to a restrictive lung disease

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