Featured Cystic Fibrosis Articles
Descriptions of Featured Cystic Fibrosis Articles
In the United States, cystic fibrosis is a common genetic disease that mainly affects Caucasians. This eMedTV segment provides a complete overview of cystic fibrosis, including information on the causes, symptoms, and treatments of this disease.
Cystic Fibrosis Symptoms
Common cystic fibrosis symptoms include frequent coughing, salty-tasting skin, and dehydration. This eMedTV article discusses these signs and symptoms in detail. This article also lists some of the medical conditions that can result from these symptoms.
Causes of Cystic Fibrosis
As this eMedTV article explains, the cause of cystic fibrosis is linked to a defect in a gene called the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. This segment discusses this gene in detail, including inheritance risks.
Available by prescription only, Creon is approved to treat pancreatic enzyme deficiencies. This eMedTV article presents more information on this medication, including who it is approved for, how to take it, possible side effects, and more.
Treatment for Cystic Fibrosis
Antibiotics, chest physical therapy, and exercise are common cystic fibrosis treatments. This eMedTV resource describes these options in detail and explains why the main goal of treatment is to control infections in the lungs.
Cystic Fibrosis Gene
As this eMedTV article explains, the full name of the gene for cystic fibrosis is the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. A defect in this gene what causes the gene, and this page explains how it is inherited.
Pulmozyme is a drug that can help improve lung function in people with cystic fibrosis. This eMedTV segment takes an in-depth look at the drug, explaining how it works, possible side effects, tips and precautions for those taking it, and more.
Kalydeco is a drug licensed to help treat cystic fibrosis in adults and children as young as six years old. This eMedTV page contains more details on this prescription medicine, including how it works, dosing instructions, side effects, and more.
A prescription medicine, Zenpep is approved for increasing low levels of pancreatic enzymes. This eMedTV Web page contains more details on this drug, including how it works, how to take it, potential side effects, and more.
Cystic Fibrosis Gene Therapy
As this eMedTV article explains, gene therapy for cystic fibrosis does more than treat symptoms; it targets the cause of the disease. This page covers the challenges, history, and effects of this type of gene therapy.
Cystic Fibrosis Sweat Test
The cystic fibrosis sweat test measures the amount of salt in your sweat. As this eMedTV article explains, it is the most useful test for making a diagnosis. This page discusses the sweat test in detail and includes a link to other information.