Pancreatic enzyme replacement and fat-soluble vitamin supplementation are important, especially in the young.
In 1980, the CF Foundation created the Research Development Program, a dynamic interdisciplinary research center network to accelerate much-needed understanding of CF and the complexities of the disease.This network of pooled talent, with funding from the CF Foundation, contributed to the original discovery of the CF gene in 1989 -- the single most important discovery in CF research.In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients.People with CF can have a variety of symptoms, including: The defective CF gene contains a slight abnormality called a mutation. Girls liked him, but they always treated him like a pet because he was so tiny. They typed messages and laughed and learned they had a lot in common, including the disease that brought them to this Web site.
Samantha and Brian and all the others were members of a club nobody would ever want to join.
Brian shared his good fortune: Eight years after a double lung transplant, he was doing fine.
But like anybody with cystic fibrosis, he knew you can't take anything for granted. It didn't matter that Brian, at 25, was seven years older. In November, Brian's lungs failed and he landed in the emergency room at a hospital near his home in West Palm Beach.
Lung infections are treated with antibiotics which may be given intravenously, inhaled, or by mouth.
Sometimes, the antibiotic azithromycin is used long term.
There are more than 1,700 known mutations of the disease.