SACFA - South African Cystic Fibrosis Association

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Junari van Niekerk 02/11/1983 - 09/04/1995
"the fight to breathe"

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CYSTIC FIBROSIS

Cystic Fibrosis - the facts

Cystic Fibrosis is a life threatening childrens’ disease. It causes two major problems from birth, a very high susceptibility to bacterial infection of the lungs, and malfunctioning of the pancreas interfering with digestion and therefore growth. Although early diagnosis and treatment have significantly improved the outcome, the disease remains a life threatening condition. Treatment after diagnosis must be continuous.

It affects 1 child in 2000 and it is estimated that 1 in 20 people are carriers. One in 4 births from two carriers are CF affected.

CF is a congenital disease, and the fundamental cause cannot be removed - although to a steadily increasing extent its ill-effects can be prevented.

Treatment

Lungs: Average daily treatment: Therapy 2 to 3 times daily. Nebulizers 2 to 3 times daily. Lung dialators and mucous thinning agents. Frequent anti-biotics. Exercise.
Pancreas: Enzyme capsules in increasing amounts with each meal (average between 2 and 12 per meal).
Regular clinic and periodic hospitalization.

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