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Cystic Fibrosis treatment

Description
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common lethal genetic disorder amongst Caucasians. Defects in the CFTR gene and respectively in the CFTR protein prevent chloride ions from entering the cell. This leads to defective muecociliary clearance, and pancreatic insufficiency. The gene for CF is autosomal recessive.
Causes
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder. Defects in the CFTR gene and respectively in the CFTR protein prevent chloride ions from entering the cell. This leads to defective muecociliary clearance, and pancreatic insufficiency.
Prevention
There is no way to prevent CF as it is a genetic disorder, but screening to ensure that both parents are not carriers of the CF mutation may cause a decrease in cases.
Common Symptoms
Inflammation and scarring of lung tissue; reduction of lung function; repeat respiratory infections; chronic cough; pancreatic insufficiency; high salt concentration in sweat; viscous secretions in the lungs, small intestines, sweat glands, pancreas, and reproductive system; weight loss; malnutrition; male infertility.
Rare Symptoms
Coagulation disorder
Traditional Treatment
antibiotics to prevent infections, chest therapy to loosen mucous, hypertonic saline, pancreatic enzyme medication, pulmozyne, lung transplant
Alternative Treatment
probiotics; Boswellia- a herbal supplement with anti-inflamatory properties; acupuncture; turmeric; yoga; pancha karma
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