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By David M. Orenstein MD, Jonathan E. Spahr MD, Daniel J. Weiner MD

This different advisor deals easy-to-understand motives, suggestion, and administration techniques for sufferers or mom and dad of patients with cystic fibrosis. The ebook explains the illness technique, outlines the basics of diagnosing and screening, and addresses the demanding situations of therapy for these residing with CF. As one reviewer acknowledged, this ebook “is the one whole resolution ebook for everybody residing with the sickness. it truly is an quintessential source for households of youngsters with CF, adolescent and grownup sufferers, and physicians, nurses, respiration therapists, and social staff thinking about the care of CF patients.”

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Without treatment, lung problems will eventually appear in everyone with CF and the problems will progress. With treatment, this progression can be slowed, in some, almost to a halt. The problems in the lungs can almost certainly be blamed on the abnormal movement of salt and fluid through the airway cell membranes. This abnormal traffic of salt and fluid and the abnormal electric charge associated with it (see Chapter 1) are caused by the abnormal CFTR protein whose production was dictated by the two abnormal CF genes that everyone with CF has.

If this progression of infection, inflammation, and lung destruction continues uninterrupted for too long, it will eventually reach a point where there is no longer enough healthy lung to bring oxygen into the body or to eliminate carbon dioxide. As a particular episode of increased infection and inflammation develops, or as the lung disease increases over the years, the following progression occurs: first, there is more cough. Someone who usually doesn’t cough at all may develop a mild cough for a few minutes in the morning, or someone who coughed only in the morning may now cough during the day or through the night.

When we exercise, our muscles use as much as 10 to 20 times as much oxygen as when we’re resting, and even more carbon dioxide is formed, which needs to be eliminated. indd 24 5/3/11 5:58:11 PM Chapter 3 The Respiratory System 25 we breathe 5 to 10 times as much air as when we’re resting, and our heart pumps five or six times as much blood each minute, yet all the while the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the bloodstream remain almost exactly the same! You’d think that a little extra oxygen would come in, or not quite enough, or that a bit too much carbon dioxide would be breathed out, or not quite enough, but this doesn’t happen.

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