Cystic fibrosis is a chronic and devastating disease that progressively
gets worse as time goes on. It is an illness that primarily affects the
lungs but can also have adverse effects on the livers, pancreas, and intestines.
Because of a genetic defect, the body produces excessive amounts of mucus
that can clog ducts and passages in the body. It causes problems with
digestion and breathing and can be fatal.
The average life expectancy, at this time, for someone with cystic fibrosis
is around 37 years. But if diagnosed early and with proper treatment,
the lifespan can be potentially longer. The key factor is diagnosis. If
a doctor or physician fails to properly identify cystic fibrosis, they
can potentially reduce their patient’s life expectancy. That form
of negligence should not be acceptable.
How to Test for Cystic Fibrosis
The most common way of testing for cystic fibrosis is through the sweat
test. This test monitors the sodium levels in sweat which can indicate
Other tests include:
- CF genetic tests
- Prenatal CF genetic tests
- Chest X-rays
- Lung functions tests
These tests should be used if a patient shows signs of cystic fibrosis.
Signs can include shortness of breath, digestion problems, and vitamin
and mineral deficiencies.
Common Cystic Fibrosis Misdiagnosis
Doctors have a duty to correctly diagnose a disease, especially one as
serious as cystic fibrosis. Too often, they will misinterpret symptoms
and classify them for something else. Some illnesses cystic fibrosis can
be confused for are:
- Respiratory infection
If not diagnosed properly, the patient is at risk for more advanced cases
of cystic fibrosis.
Take the First Step to Compensation
Cystic fibrosis extensively affects your life. If not diagnosed properly,
lifespan can be potentially reduced. If you or your loved one has suffered
because your cystic fibrosis was not diagnosed properly, you may have
a case to gain compensation for suffering and loss. Contact our
Portland medical malpractice attorneys at Paulson Coletti to learn your legal rights.