Cystic Fibrosis

By: Aly Kersey

Who Discovered It ,What Population of the World Has it, and What Ethnicity Is More Common To Have It??

in 1938 Dorothy Andersen discovered the disease know as Cystic Fibrosis. Now more than 33,000 people alive today have the disease. Approximately 1,000 new cases are diagnosed every year; more than 75 percent of those people are diagnosed at the age of 2 and more than half the CF population is 18 years or older. The most common ethnicity to have cystic fibrosis is Caucasian.

What Are The Symptoms of CF and What Treatments Are There?

There are respiratory and digestive symptoms. Respiratory Symptoms include persistent coughing that creates thick mucus, wheezing, exercise intolerance, repeating lung infections, inflamed nasal passages or stuffy nose. Digestive Symptoms include foul smelling; greasy stools, Poor weight gain and growth, Intestinal blockage; particularly in newborns, and severe constipation. For Treatment they will give you antibiotics for infections of the lungs, chest physical therapy, exercise, and they can give you other medications.

Whats The Prognosis For People With CF

The prognosis for people with CF has improve greatly through out the years. The survival age for patients with Cystic Fibrosis is 28.9 years.