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Symptoms of cystic fibrosis - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My daughter is being tested of cf tomorrow and I was just wondering what you think her odds are of having it?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
Doctor :   I cannot predict the results of the test.
User :   The only symptom she has is she has had very mild pneumonia 4 times so mild the dr couldn't hear it with a stethascope and she never ran fever or anything
Doctor :   Ok
User :   I understand that I was just wondering her odds..! She doesn't taste like salt at all not even when sweating and she is 20 months old and weights 25lbs
Doctor :   Does she have any other symptoms apart from the chest infections?
User :   No..
Doctor :   May I know your location?
User :   XXX
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   According to reports about 0000 individuals in the US do posses the carriers for cystic fibrosis and
Doctor :   about one in every 30 individuals are diagnosed with the same.
User :   No one in our families have ever had cf either
Doctor :   A carrier would not be possessing the symptoms.
User :   So it's a possibility is what your saying?
Doctor :   I am just giving you the results of the reports of the survey done.
Doctor :   I really cannot predict the out come of the test.
Doctor :   It is not possible for any doctor to predict that.
User :   But if she does have cf don't u think her pneumonia would of been alot worse and she would atleast have other symptoms like failure to thrive?
User :   Correct I understand that but I was wondering if u think she is high risk or low risk but her history?
Doctor :   The symptoms are based on the severity of the condition and the environmental factors.
User :   Ok
Doctor :   So one cannot predict based on the history alone.
User :   Is it uncommon for kids to get mild viral pneumonia?
Doctor :   I wist that the test comes out negative, however, I would not be able to tell you the out come of the test tomorrow..
Doctor :   You would have to wait for the reports.
Doctor :   Reduced weight is also a major factor for recurrent pneumonia's as well as
Doctor :   delayed healing of the pneumonia.
User :   Can allergies cause kids to get pneumonia?
Doctor :   Yes.
Doctor :   They are also a major factor.
User :   K r u saying she is little for her age?
User :   Me and her father both have extremely bad allergies
Doctor :   Allergic symptoms are much more common in elderly, but not uncommon in small ones.
Doctor :   So there are chances that any of these factors, that is the reduced weight, allergic symptoms or the cystic fibrosis to be causing her symptoms.
Doctor :   However due to the presence of increased prevalance of CF in the US, it is better that the test is done.
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