Cystic Fibrosis


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This powerpoint gives a brief introduction to Cystic Fibrosis. I created it for research, educational, and promotional purposes. I hope that someone who watches it can learn something about cf that they didn't know before.

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Cystic Fibrosis

  1. 1. Cystic Fibrosis Intro to Cystic Fibrosis
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease </li></ul><ul><li>It mainly affects the lungs and digestive system, as well as other things </li></ul><ul><li>People with CF commonly take a lot of medication to keep up with their health </li></ul><ul><li>More than 1,000 different gene mutations </li></ul><ul><li>The disease is progressive and fatal </li></ul><ul><li>Life expectancy is approximately 37 years old as of 2011 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Lungs <ul><li>The lungs are clogged with thick, sticky mucus </li></ul><ul><li>Bacteria lingers in the mucus since it’s harder to clear </li></ul><ul><li>Lung infections are frequent because of this bacteria </li></ul><ul><li>Shortness of breath and the need for oxygen increases </li></ul>
  4. 4. Therapies for Lungs <ul><li>Advair </li></ul><ul><li>Albuterol </li></ul><ul><li>Tobi, Colistin, Cayston.. Etc </li></ul><ul><li>Double Lung Transplant </li></ul><ul><li>Pulmozyme </li></ul><ul><li>Hypertonic Saline </li></ul><ul><li>The Vest or other Chest Percussion Therapy (CPT) </li></ul>A nebulizer mouthpiece used commonly for inhaled medicine
  5. 5. Detail of Medications Pt. 1 <ul><li>Advair – Powder form, Inhaler, Reduces inflammation in lungs </li></ul><ul><li>Albuterol – Liquid form, Inhaler/Inhaled, Opens airways/eases breathing </li></ul><ul><li>Tobi, Colistin, Cayston..etc – Inhaled antibiotics, help prevent/deal with infection </li></ul><ul><li>Double Lung Transplants – Used in severe cases of cf, NOT a cure </li></ul>
  6. 6. Detail of Medications Pt. 2 <ul><li>Pulmozyme – Liquid form, Inhaled, Thins mucus </li></ul><ul><li>Hypertonic Saline – Liquid form, Inhaled, Creates cough to clear mucus </li></ul><ul><li>The Vest or other Chest Percussion Therapy (CPT) – Makes it easier to cough and clear mucus </li></ul>The Vest – Helps clear mucus by filling up with air/vibrating secretions out of lungs
  7. 7. Digestion <ul><li>Many people with cf have digestion problems </li></ul><ul><li>Can’t absorb proper nutrients – leads to weight loss </li></ul><ul><li>Frequent blockages and abnormal bowel movements </li></ul><ul><li>High Calorie/High Protein Diet </li></ul>
  8. 8. Therapies for Digestive Issues Pt. 1 <ul><li>Pancreatic Enzymes - helps digest meals and snacks </li></ul><ul><li>High Calorie/High Protein Diet - helps keep nutrients up </li></ul><ul><li>Vitamins A, D, E, and K - replaces those lost </li></ul><ul><li>Nexium or acid reducer (acid build up can affect the lungs) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Therapies for Digestive Issues Pt. 2 <ul><li>Multi-Vitamins for nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>A feeding tube may be placed for weight gain </li></ul><ul><li>Appetite Stimulants may be used </li></ul><ul><li>Miralax or Milk of Magnesia are frequently used for bowel problems </li></ul>
  10. 10. Other Problems <ul><li>CF patients frequently found to have liver problems or liver disease </li></ul><ul><li>Higher risk for Diabetes (CFRD) </li></ul><ul><li>Higher risk for Depression </li></ul><ul><li>Limited Veins from frequent hospitalizations – port placement may be necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Sinus polyps may be present </li></ul><ul><li>Employment opportunities may be limited </li></ul>
  11. 11. How to get CF <ul><li>Both parents must be carriers of CF gene </li></ul><ul><li>If both are carriers: 25% chance baby has cf 50% chance baby is a carrier 25% chance baby isn’t a carrier/doesn’t have cf </li></ul>
  12. 12. CF in a nutshell <ul><li>A variety of different treatments or therapies used on a daily basis to handle or prevent problems </li></ul><ul><li>CF is not a lung disease, transplant isn’t a cure </li></ul><ul><li>Usually several hours per day are devoted to therapy in someone with cf to stay healthy </li></ul><ul><li>There is no cure for cf, however, medical/science advances have grown tremendously </li></ul>
  13. 13. Credits/Resources: <ul><li>More information about CF can be found at: </li></ul><ul><li>Social Network/CF Support available at: </li></ul><ul><li>This presentation was created by Sara Wiley, a patient with Cystic Fibrosis </li></ul>