A Study of Cystic Fibrosis and Early Detection
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Cystic fibrosis of the pancreas, fibrocystic disease of the pancreas, mucoviscidosis, pancreatic fibrosis, and C/F are all names for the same disease that kills more children than diabetes, rheumatic fever, and poliomyelitis combined. Cystic fibrosis is a generalized hereditary disorder of children, adolescents, and young adults in which there is widespread dysfunction of the exocrine glands. In fully manifested cases, chronic pulmonary disease, pancreatic enzyme deficiency, and abnormal high sweat electrolytes are present. The disorder is characterized by differing degrees of involvement of affected organs and glandular systems, resulting in variation in the clinical expression of the disease. C/F presents the prospects of a long term protracted depressive reaction in the parents and in the child with cystic fibrosis. The illness is extremely stressful and the future outlook is bleak. This drastic illness requires equally drastic treatment intervention- often expensive procedures and hospitalization for the child.