Cystic Fibrosis

It is an inheritable disorder that affects cells producing mucus sweat and other secretions. It can affect almost all of the body’s systems, including the respiratory and digestive systems, as well as the reproductive system. Cystic fibrosis results in secretions that are thicker and more slippery than usual. These secretions do not act as lubricants but instead cause negative effects and block pathways in our lungs, pancreas and intestines. If you’re in the area, visit the best San Diego Physical Therapy Clinic.

Symptoms

Patients may experience different symptoms. Sometimes, the symptoms will get worse or better over time. It affects all secretory cell in the body, so symptoms can appear in different areas of the body.

Symptoms in the respiratory system

A thicker amount of lubricant is produced in the lungs than normal. This can cause breathing difficulties and other problems such as

  • Normal coughing with thick mucus
  • Whistling sound
  • Constricted pathway makes it difficult to exercise intolerance
  • Nasal pathways that are inflamed and stuffy
  • Sinusitis

Digestive system symptoms

Different secretions in our digestive system contain enzymes, and other components to digest food. Pancreatic secretions can be thick and block the pancreatic drain and small intestine. This can cause complications like

  • Diabetes
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Pancreatic duct obstruction
  • Grave constipation
  • Liver disease caused by bile
  • Foul-smelling and greasy stool
  • Poor weight gain

Reproductive system symptoms

  • Nearly all Males with cystic Fibrosis are infertile due to blockage of the tubes connecting testes and the prostate gland.
  • Cystic Fibrosis is not a condition that renders women infertile. However, they are more likely to have a baby than a normal woman. But the cystic fibrosis symptoms can worsen.

Causes

One gene is responsible for cystic fibrosis. It’s called the cystic fibrosis transcription regulator (CFTR) gene. This gene regulates salt movement in and out cells. Cystic fibrosis can result from a change in the gene. We can help! Visit the #1 Carmel Mountain Ranch Physical Therapy Clinic.

How can physical therapy help you?

Physical therapy is required for patients with cystic fibrosis to prevent secondary symptoms. To clear cystic fibrosis, patients must attend regular chest physical therapy sessions. This helps to eliminate the buildup of mucus and improve breathing. Physical therapists also prescribe a program of exercises which improves fitness, decreases septum in the body and prevents bone density loss. This helps to enhance the function of the lungs as well as other organs.

Cystic Fibrosis is not a treatable condition. However, physical therapy can be used to reduce symptoms and help patients live healthy lives with the disease.

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