Cystic Fibrosis

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects more than 70,000 people worldwide. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this life-threatening condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Cystic fibrosis is a disease that causes mucus in the body to become thick, dry and sticky.

This glue-like mucus builds up and causes problems in many of the bodys organs, especially the lungs and the pancreas. People who have cystic fibrosis can have problems with breathing, nutrition, digestion, growth and development. There is no cure for cystic fibrosis and the disease generally gets worse over time.

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder. A child must inherit a specific gene from both parents to get cystic fibrosis. The life expectancy for people with cystic fibrosis has been steadily increasing over the past 50 years. On average, people who have cystic fibrosis live into their mid-30s, although new treatments are making it possible for some people to live into their 40s and longer.

Treatment for cystic fibrosis includes maneuvers to remove the thick mucus from the lungs, antibiotics to prevent infection and careful attention to nutrition. Most people combine medications, home treatment and other specialized care to manage the disease.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.