Lystic Fibrosis

by: Ashley Cellerini

definition


Cystic fibrosis is a big genetic condition that causes really bad damage to the respiratory and digestive systems. This damage results from a buildup of thick, sticky mucus in the organs.

signs and symptoms

  • the lungs
  • the pancreas
  • the liver
  • other glandular organs

cause

Cystic fibrosis happens as a result of defect in what is called the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator. The gene controls the movement of water and salt in and out of your body’s cells. A change, in the CFTR gene causes your mucus to become thicker and stickier than it’s supposed to be. This abnormal mucus builds up in various organs all day in the body

Diagnoses

the United States, all new babys are screened for cystic fibrosis. Doctors use a genetic test or blood test to look for signs of the problem. The genetic test sees if your baby has a defective CFTR gene.

treatment

Antibiotics: Piperacillin​, Azithromycin in the mouth, Aztreonam by the mouth, Ciprofloxacin by the mouth, Tobramycin by inhaling it.