Cystic Fibrosis Research Paper

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Cystic Fibrosis Cystic Fibrosis, a very serious inherited genetic disease, is also known as CF and sixty-five roses. This disease affects one in every 3,000 live births. It may first appear in a newborn, but can appear all the way up until a young adult. However, ten percent of most cases are apparent at birth. CF affects the lungs and causes a build-up of abnormally thick mucus which leads to chest infections, and CF also affects the reproductive system. Doctors do not know what causes the mucus to thicken. CF’s infections usually lead to death in childhood and early adulthood. Most people infected with CF had a life span into their teens long ago. Now, due to advanced technology, the life span is in the fifties or older. Almost ninety…show more content…
Victims of Cystic Fibrosis are at a higher risk of having Osteoporosis because they cannot absorb vitamin D. They can also have an electrolyte imbalance because they have saltier sweat which upsets the balance of minerals in their blood. Cystic Fibrosis can cause problems in the reproductive system. Cystic Fibrosis patients have many more sexual reproduction problems than a healthy human. In males with CF, they are likely to be infertile because of the tube connecting the testes and the vas deferens is missing or blocked with mucus. In women with CF, pregnancy can be a lot more difficult. Pregnancy can worsen the symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis. Women with CF may also be less fertile than women without CF. Women with CF should always consult with a doctor to know all of the possible risks. In order to get CF, both partners must be a carrier because the CF gene is recessive. If someone is a carrier, they could pass it on to their own child. Cystic Fibrosis tends to run in families, since it is an inherited disease. It is also most common in Caucasians. Many tests may be performed before a person is ever diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. A newborn screening test can be done to check an infants’ blood sample for a certain component related to CF. Many other tests must be completed before diagnosis. A sweat test is necessary for confirmation of CF. If a sweat test is not completely accurate, genetic testing must be
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