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Cystic Fibrosis

Diagnosis & Treatment at Washington Township Medical Foundation

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that causes damage to the digestive system and the lungs. This chronic condition can be life threatening. Cystic fibrosis causes the cells responsible for production of sweat, mucus, and digestive fluids to malfunction, making these fluids sticky and thick and causing them to block the body’s passageways and ducts. Airways in the lungs can be blocked by mucus, generating damage and impairing breathing. This condition causes frequent sinus and lung infections along with gastrointestinal problems.

Some of the symptoms of cystic fibrosis may include:

  • Fatty stools
  • Infants with low weight, unable to gain weight
  • Chronic coughing
  • Frequent lung infections
  • Excessive sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Year-round allergies

Medical Advancements for Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis

Due to advancements in treatments and care over the last 20 to 30 years, patients with cystic fibrosis are leading longer lives with increased quality of life. Earlier diagnosis has also played a role. Where children were once diagnosed by age two based on symptoms, newborn screening is now available in all 50 states. Treatments are available to help thin mucus in airways, along with antibiotics to tackle infections and enzymes that are helpful in absorbing fats / nutrients in the body. New treatments are also available to repair the CFTR protein. Speak with your doctor at Washington Township Medical Foundation in Fremont to learn more.

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    Fremont, CA 94538
    (510) 248-1550
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