By M.D., Lynn M. Taussig, M.D. James C. Cunningham
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Extra resources for An Introduction to Cystic Fibrosis for Patients and Families
Pulmozyme® (DNase) is a mucolytic. Anti-inflammatories reduce inflammation of the airways. Inhaled steroids and ibuprofen are antiinflammatory agents. Antibiotics treat infections. These are taken after ACTs. In CF, inhaled TOBI® (tobramycin) is an inhaled antibiotic that is commonly used. Other inhaled antibiotics may be used, as well. Antibiotics Several medications can be used as an aero- Antibiotics are medicines that stop infection-causing bacsol treatment and inhaled into the lungs.
Page 34 36 How CF Affects the Body Notes and Questions 37 How CF Affects the Body 38 How CF Affects the Body Chapter 4: Respiratory System Breathing problems (also called pulmonary or respiratory problems) are the most serious problem associated with CF. Almost everyone with CF gets lung disease. When it occurs, and how severe it is, differs from person to person. For most people with CF, lung disease is what decides how well they do and how long they live. How the Respiratory System Works The respiratory system has two main parts: Upper respiratory tract the nose and sinuses The upper respiratory tract filters out particles like dust and germs in the air we breathe.
How the Respiratory System Works Sinus Nasal Cavity Air Trachea Bronchiole Bronchus Bronchial Tube Alveolus (air sac) Air is filtered, warmed, and moistened in the nasal cavity and sinuses. The warm, moist air then passes down the trachea and into the bronchus in each lung. The air is pulled down smaller and smaller passages until it reaches the alveoli, or air sacs. This is where oxygen is taken from the air into the body and carbon dioxide is removed from the body. 39 How CF Affects the Body Exocrine glands in the airways help remove things like dust and germs that get into the lower respiratory tract.
An Introduction to Cystic Fibrosis for Patients and Families by M.D., Lynn M. Taussig, M.D. James C. Cunningham