Frequently Asked Questions about Cystic Fibrosis
You need to consult your family physician or a general physician. Your child will need further investigation and testing to rule out cystic fibrosis.
2. Does cystic fibrosis have a cure?
Presently there is no cure for cystic fibrosis. Treatment aims at reducing complications and improving the quality of life for the patient.
Research is going on in gene therapy where scientists are hoping to be able to replace the defective gene with a normal gene. If it succeeds, it may well be the long awaited cure for CF.
3. Is cystic fibrosis a common condition?
The prevalence is variable amongst different populations. It is highest in the European and American populations with an incidence of approximately 1 in 3000. The incidence is much lower in African and Asian population with around 1 in 30000.
4. Is it possible to have a child suffering from CF although all my other children are healthy?
Yes. If both you and your partner are carriers of the CFTR gene, there is a 25% chance of having a child affected by the disease. Before planning a pregnancy, you can get yourselves genetically tested.
5. Will persons with CF have a normal lifespan?
Recent statistics have shown that survival has markedly improved in CF approaching 55 – 60 years. Advances in treatment and patient care have contributed to this.
6. Why is there clubbing in CF patients?
Clubbing is the swelling of finger and toe tips and it happens in these patients due to inadequate blood supply to the lungs.
7. Why do cystic fibrosis patients suffer from rectal prolapse?
Rectal prolapse occurs when a portion of the rectum comes outside through the anus and is visible outside. And this happens due to excessive coughing in these patients.