Cystic Fibrosis First, Look Again Term Paper

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However, treatments can be used to reduce, if not nearly completely diminish, symptoms and minimize any other complications. Here are the conditional means:

Therapy: People with cystic fibrosis need a way to physically remove thick mucus from their lungs. This is often done by manually clapping with cupped hands on the front and back of the chest -- a procedure that's best performed with the person's head over the edge of the bed so that gravity helps clear the secretions.

Mucus-thinning drugs: make it easier to cough up the mucus; prescriptive or non-prescriptive drugs, which are used to lessen or reduce the stiffness of mucus, ameliorate lung function.

Medications: Antibiotics are prescribed to treat and prevent any lung infections. They may be swallowed in pill form, inhaled in a mist or delivered intravenously.

Bronchodilators: albuterol is applied through an inhaler or a nebulizer; this relaxes the muscles around the bronchial tubes in order to help keep the airways open.

*Most severe cases: Lung transplantation is an acute surgical operation and may lead to more excessive complications than the initial symptoms could merit, especially post-surgical infections, so this is frequently seen as a last resort. However, chancing this operation is far better than death.

Lung transplant: under an extremely severe circumstances (i.e., increasing resistance to antibiotics ascribed to treat lung infections, severe breathing problems, life-threatening pulmonary complications, etc. ), a doctor may suggest lung transplantation.
Both lungs will likely need to be replaced since both lungs are affected by cystic fibrosis.

Mechanical devices, which help loosen lung mucus, are available and are opted procedurally before the major surgical operation of a lung transplant:

Inflatable vest: a device which vibrates at high frequency in order to loosen chest mucus.

Chest clapper: a hand-held device used to emulate the impact, and achieve the same result, of cupped hands clapping over the ribs.

Breathing devices: Performing specific breathing exercises while exhaling through the device's tube or a mask may also be helpful.

*Surgical and other procedures are also available.

Feeding tube. Cystic fibrosis interferes with digestion, so you can't absorb nutrients from food very well. Your doctor may suggest using a feeding tube to deliver extra nutrition while you sleep. This tube may be threaded through your nose to your stomach, or surgically implanted.

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