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- Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
- Autosomal Recessive Conditions
- Bloom Syndrome
- Canavan Disease
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Down Syndrome
- Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
- Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
- Fabry Disease
- Familial Dysautonomia
- Familial Lipid Disorders
- Gaucher Disease
- Genetic Heart Disease
- Hirschsprung's Disease
- Huntington Disease
- Hurler-Scheie Syndrome
- Malignant Hyperthermia
- Marfan Syndrome
- Mitochondrial Diseases
- Mucolipidosis Type IV
- Niemann-Pick Disease
- PANDAS Syndrome
- Phenylketonuria (PKU)
- Prader-Willi Syndrome
- Rett's Disorder
- Sturge-Weber Syndrome
- Tay-Sachs Disease
- Trisomy 18
Genes determine what you inherit from your parents, from blood type and hair color to certain diseases. Changes in genes or chromosomes may cause health problems. We have hundreds of topics to answer your questions about genetic conditions. Maybe you're wondering about your baby's risk for disease or how to care for a...
Alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) is a protein normally found in the lungs and the bloodstream. It helps protect the lungs from the damage caused by inflammation that can lead to emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). People whose...
A diagnosis of CF is life-changing. But your child can still have a fulfilling life.
Home treatment can help your child live longer. It's not always easy, but you can do it. Here's how.
Learn what bronchoscopy is and how it is done.
Lung transplant is an option for a few people who have severe lung problems that are caused by cystic fibrosis. The procedure removes the diseased lungs and replaces them with healthy lungs from a recently deceased donor. Sometimes a procedure called a living-donor lobar lung transplant is performed while a person is...
What is cystic fibrosis? Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes mucus in the body to become thick and sticky. This glue-like mucus builds up and causes problems in many of the body's organs, especially the lungs and the pancreas. People who have cystic fibrosis can have serious breathing problems and lung...
A sweat test measures the amount of salt chemicals (sodium and chloride) in sweat. It is done to help diagnose cystic fibrosis. Normally, sweat on the skin surface contains very little sodium and chloride. People with cystic fibrosis have 2 to 5 times the normal amount of sodium and chloride in their sweat. During the...
If you need oxygen at home, it is important to learn how to use and take care of your equipment. This information will help you get the most from your oxygen treatment. If you have low blood oxygen levels, breathing extra oxygen can help you feel better and lead to a longer, more active life. You can travel even...
Cystic fibrosis causes mucus to become thick and sticky, which can clog the lungs and cause serious problems. You can help your child maintain lung function and avoid complications from mucus buildup and blockage by performing an airway clearance technique (ACT). Postural drainage and chest percussion (PD & P) is one of...