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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Cystic Fibrosis What is Cystic Fibrosis? Cystic Fibrosis is aninherited disease of the secretory glandscaused by two recessivealleles. This diseasetargets the lungs andpancreas. Instead ofhaving smooth liquidsit makes the substancesthicker and clogginglungs. Makes sweatmore salty. How is Cystic Fibrosis developed? Cystic Fibrosis is afamily inherited disease.It's developed whena child is born with tworecessive alleles fromboth parents. It can'tbe contracted unlessyou're born with it. What's the occurence of Cystic Fibrosis? It is estimated thatapproximately 30,000people currently haveCystic Fibrosis. There'san estimate that around10,000,000 people arecarrying the alleleneeded for the disease.It is found out thatCystic Fibrosis ismost common inCaucasians ofNorthern Europeandescent. Clinical Diagnosis One of the main tests that aredone include one of which thesalt levels are tested in sweat.Usually they do it to a baby thatis 7 months old. Doctors canalso take blood samples andtest it for the recessive allele.X ray tests may also be doneto examine the functionality ofthe lungs and the pancreas. Signs & symptoms. The symptoms of theperson depend on theseverity of the disease.The main thing that canbe noticed is the amountof salt on the person. Aperson with Cysticfibrosis may have up to2-5 times the normalamount of salt withinthem. Treatment Currently there areonly treatments forthe symptoms of thedisease. Some ofthese include mucusthinning drugs, inhalers,patting of the back to loosen mucus, etc. Is there a cure? As of now, there isno known cure forCystic Fibrosis. How can it be prevented? You can get testedfor the disease andit may lower your chances with themethods that are prescribed to the patient. Michael Sanchez Period: 8
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