Cystic Fibrosis Facts

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder passed from parent to child. When both parents have a mutated CF gene, any offspring has about a 25% chance of inheriting...

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder passed from parent to child. When both parents have a mutated CF gene, any offspring has about a 25% chance of inheriting it. Although all newborns are now tested for CF, symptoms may not appear until later in life. While recent clinical advents have significantly improved the life expectancy of those with this illness, it’s still important to be educated about this potentially deadly disease. Image result for Cystic Fibrosis

CFTR (cystic fibrosis trans-membrane conductance regulator) protein:

A standard CF gene produces the CFTR protein, which lets the natural physiological fluids protect surfaces and get mucus out of the way. With the mutated form of the CF gene, CFTR protein  is not effective. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, it’s basically the root cause of CF.

Secretory glands:

These are the glands  by CF. They any gland that produces a physiological fluid. It can be digestive juices, sweat, or mucus. The body may create too much sweat, causing too salty skin and possibly resulting in serious dehydration. Rather than lubricating, the mucus becomes entirely too thick. It blocks off significant airways and tubes, causing lung infections, gastrointestinal problems, and other serious issues.

Immunoreactive trypsinogen (IRT):

The pancreas produces this compound.  Physicians use this compound to test for cystic fibrosis. When too-high levels are found in newborns, it may be indicative of the disease’s existence. However, strenuous labor can also cause elevated IRT levels, so at one month or older the baby can be given a sweat test, a technical test that assesses the degree of salt.


The problems CF triggers in the pancreas can make it hard for essential nutrients to be absorbed. This contributes to a deficiency of growth and weight gain or weight loss. Low bone density could be an issue, making bones easier to break and contributing to osteoporosis. Furthermore, clubbing may happen, where the hands and feet become wider over the ends.

CFTR modulator:

This breakthrough treatment for CF appeared in 2012. As opposed to treating CF symptomatically, it addresses the true cause itself. It compels the CFTR protein to operate, and has improved the life expectancy of individuals with CF by decades.


CF patients normally use a nebulizer to administer their medication. Like the inhalers of asthmatics, nebulizers  often run by battery and flip liquid medicine into a mist that you take orally. They generally have a bronchodilator to improve lung function, together with an antibiotic to prevent or treat disease and bacteria build up in the excess mucus that forms.


This is a common medication for nebulizers. It may relieve some of the coughing, wheezing, and breathing difficulty related to CF by enlarging the bronchi, which are the primary tubes that bring air into and out of their lungs.

Airway clearance techniques (ACTs):

One of the major treatments for CF is daily airway clearance technique treatments. There are numerous methods, such as”percussion and postular draining” in which a caretaker cups their hand and claps it from the child’s chest to loosen and expel mucus. Various ACTs are more effective for different people–no one technique is necessarily better than another, but anything is better than nothing. It’s important to find one that is right for you and do it every day.

High frequency chest compression:

Another sort of ACT includes using an air compressor attached to an inflatable vest. The combined things wrap the individual with higher frequency vibrations to loosen the mucus to it will come out. As children grow older and more independent, this becomes a wonderful option. Additionally, it’s not difficult to use in conjunction with other medicines, which saves time.

Pancreatic enzyme supplement:

Excessive mucus can build up in the tube that the pancreas uses to deliver a particular receptor into the small intestine. This enzyme breaks down food and helps with absorption of essential nutrients. When the mucus builds up, the receptor does not pass through. This supplement enhances nutrient absorption, thus helping to prevent poor growth and weight reduction.