Dr. Barbara Huggins

Cystic Fibrosis

September 27, 2007

Cystic Fibrosis -  September 27, 2007One out of every 3500 newborns will be diagnosed with CF or cystic fibrosis at some point in their life. Affecting primarily the respiratory and GI tracts, it's a disease usually identified in young infants and children. But many times a patient can reach adulthood before ever getting the diagnosis. Dr. Mom brings us the story of one family this happened to.

What is Cystic Fibrosis (CF)?
CF is an inherited disease that can affect most every system in the body, especially the lungs and digestive system. Approximately 1,000 new cases of CF are diagnosed each year. In the early 1950's very few children lived to school age. However, with early diagnosis and advances in treatment, the median age of survival is now 37 years of age.

What are the symptoms of CF?
Other symptoms may also include:
Testing for CF

Ways you can help
Join the annual Great Strides Taking Steps to Cure Cystic Fibrosis Walk. Log on to www.cff.org to find a Great Strides walk near you. 90% of every $1 raised is used to support research, care, and education programs.

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