Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease. It is very rare with about 10,500 people affected in the UK. The name cystic fibrosis refers to the characteristic scarring ( fibrosis) and cyst formation within organs and glands
The first symptoms of the disease start in early childhood. Usually there are frequent respiratory infections in infancy and childhood. This is caused by thick mucus which is difficult to cough up. Fever or stomach ache can often accompany these symptoms. In many countries, new-born infants are now routinely examined for cystic fibrosis.
Disease progression can vary greatly. It also depends which organs are affected. Very often those affected suffer from a constant cough and recurrent respiratory and lung infections. Severe digestive disorders with chronic diarrhoea are also typical symptoms and can cause the child to become underweight or fail to thrive.
The therapy for the treatment of cystic fibrosis focuses on the symptoms of the disease.
Medical advances in the last decades have opened up new treatment options for those affected. Even though those affected need to spend a lot of time managing their disease, they can nowadays lead a comparatively normal life and have a career and children. The mean life expectancy has now risen to over 40 years.
A further improvement is anticipated for the future, with gene therapy expected to increase life expectancy even further.
We are well aware that when you have cystic fibrosis, questions keep cropping up. Not every issue can be addressed within the family. Talking to others with cystic fibrosis and contact with self-help groups can often help.
People with cystic fibrosis (CF) in particular depend on daily therapy. As experts in respiratory treatment, we have innovative nebulisers that are suitable for cystic fibrosis. With their help, medications can be efficiently delivered into the bronchial system to expand the bronchial tubes or to fight inflammation or infection of the airways. Saline solutions can ensure that the thick mucus in the airways is loosened and is easier to cough up.
We strive every day to deliver the best possible support to people with cystic fibrosis.
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