Cystic Fibrosis

By: Grant Croskey

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic Fibrosis is a disorder. This disorder was found in 1938 by an American Pathologist Dr. Dorothy Anderson. CF is a heredity disorder that effects your breathing habits. CF generates mucus that blocks you air ducts in your lungs which can be very deadly. This could result in respiratory infection. Which is very dangerous

Should you be worried about CF?

Yes! You should be worried about CF. If your new born baby has CF, your baby has a great chance of dieing as an infant. If you figure out you have this disorder you will probably live for the next 37.5 years. The good news is this number has gone up since the 1980's from 20 years to 37.5.

How to know if you have Cystic Fibrosis

Side Effects

There are side effects if you have CF. One side effect is you have salty tasting skin. Another one is frequent lung infections. You could also have poor growth in weight and height. If you cough a lot you might want to check it out. If you are wheezing after a short distance is another side effect. You might have troubles with bowel movments. If you have any of these you might want to get yourself checked.

Diagnostic Test you can take

If you think your child has CF or you there is a 4 step process. First if it is a baby you would have to go through a newborn screening.These last three are for adults too. They are a sweet chloride test, a genetic or carrier test, and a clinical evaluation. If you even think you might have CF than i would go get checked out just in case.