My neice has a 2 yr old who has been undergoing testing to confirm that he has cf. In our research, it seems that both parents must be carriers. She is concerned that she may not only be a carrier but may have cf herself. Our question is: Can a carrier exhibit any of the symptoms cf patients suffer with but not have full blown CF? We are concerned that maybe she should have a sweat test. All comments welcome.Thanks!
Hi, Carriers, as far as I know, do not have CF symptoms. This I know though, You either have CF or you don't. There is no "full blown CF". It is however possible to have CF and not ever know it. There seems to be a difference in some CF mutations that cause some CF'ers to have very little or no lung involvement and even very little to no GI involvement. To make myself a little clearer, there are some people that were not diagnosed until adulthood, some I have heard of not diagnosed until their 40's and 50's. Not knowing all those years that their chronic sinusitus or chronic asthma was really CF. There seem to be many adults these days getting diagnosed with CF.
Should she be tested for CF? That's a tough one to answer. In my personal opinion it really depends on what is going on with her health. It's really a loaded gun. There are so many things to consider even just being tested and then if the test comes back positive. My husband and I have discussed just for conversation, if you were an adult with no real health problems, say 30,40 yrs old, would you want to be tested and get a whole set of possible problems, from being denied health insurance to life insurance, the added worry about every little sickeness? It's a tough one to consider. But again, in my opinion, if you are a healthy person. By all means if you have some unexplained chronic health problem, whether it be asthmatic or GI, then yes, I would think so.
I guess it depends on what CF symptoms she is showing. Chronic sinusitis, GI problems, allergies, asthma, chronic pulmonary infections, foul gas/BM, greasy, pale, floating BM? Any, all, some of these together? Again, it's a tough personal decision depending on her health.
Just in case you didn't know yet though, both parents must be carriers to pass on two CF genes. If both are carriers there is, they say, a one in four chance of each passing on a CF gene. If one parent is a carrier and the other is not then they can only produce a carrier or a non-carrier, If one parent is a carrier and the other a CF'er then they produce either a carrier or a child with CF. And last of all if both parents have CF their child will too. I forgot,to mention, two carriers can produce a non-carrier too.
I hope that I have been of some help. I hope that all goes well with your niece's child and that he/she does not have CF. My advice first though would be for her to wait until the results of the sweat test for her child come back, then go from there.
My husband is a carrier but has not been diagnosed with having CF. He has chronns disease, emphysema ( diagnosed in his 20's) and bronchectisis. He was ill as a child and had a milk intolerance. He often got pneumonia as a child. He also has rheumatoid arthiritis. I have been trying to asertain all these illnesses have anything to do with the CF gene? I am convinced they are all connected but cannot find any research to show this.
Last edited by Sandy7; 03-02-2004 at 11:16 AM.
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Our son has CF. My spouse recently found something on the boomer site that indicated a lot of carriers do have some symptoms.
Once he told me about the article we thought about the number of relatives on both sides of our families who don't have CF, but have chronic lung problems (asthma), autoimmune disorders which affect the lungs, digestive problems, and the majority of us have battled with chronic sinus problems.
My son is 14 and living with CF. I never noticed his father with any related symtptoms, but he did smoke for years. I've noticed I have ongoing sinus drainage that sometimes turns into bronchitis. It gets worse as more time passes. My brother had pneumonia when he was very young and now in his 40's, his digestive system is very sensitive to what he eats. He has to work at keeping the weight on. He too is a carrier.