Cystic Fibrosis, or CF, is a genetic disorder affecting the lungs, digestive system, sweat glands, and male reproductive system. It is among the most common chronic lung diseases diagnosed in children, teens, and young adults, and it is both life threatening and life limiting, with an average lifespan of 37 years for those with CF who live to adulthood.
People with CF suffer a variety of complications:
- Intestinal obstructions
- Rectal prolapses
- Chronic respiratory failure
- Liver disease or failure
- Biliary cirrhosis
- Repeated bouts of pneumonia
- Many other serious issues
There is no way to prevent this genetic disorder, but it can be managed through ongoing medical care in most cases. Cystic fibrosis is not a simple diagnosis, nor is it readily apparent on exam. Yet it presents with an array of complications, many of which can be serious medical issues requiring immediate treatment. For these reasons, it is imperative that patients wear medical ID bracelets or other medical ID jewelry. Cystic fibrosis is a serious disease. When a patient needs medical attention, regardless of whether the cause is related to the CF, this diagnosis is always something medical personnel need to know about.
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