CYSTIC FIBROSIS SEVERITY
GENETIC ANALYSIS CAN NOW PREDICT HOW SEVERE CYSTIC FIBROSIS MAY BECOME, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
When parents and kids hear the diagnosis ‘cystic fibrosis’ a lot of questions remain. Now an analysis of several genes involved with the condition developed by Gary Cutting and colleagues at Johns Hopkins may provide some answers.
CUTTING: One of the key questions patients ask us when we make a diagnosis is how severe will my illness be and what kind of complications might I expect? For most disorders we really can’t answer those questions however, we have now in cystic fibrosis, a disease that’s caused by defects in one gene, we’ve now found other genes that can predict the severity, with the combination of the gene that caused the disease checking these genes that modify this disease, we now are on the path to being able to predict the course of the disease for patients. :34
Cutting says knowing the likely disease course will help plan management strategies. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.