2015 IPFW Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium



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Faculty Sponsor

Professor Susan Wade


Department of Nursing

University Affiliation

Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne


Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited autosomal recessive disorder. One of the most difficult aspect of the diagnosis are its etiology, that is, the recognition that each parent contributed the gene responsible for the defect. It is an attempt to find out what can be done to improve the child’s standard of living and increase the life expectancy. Research articles will be used to investigate the topic. The findings will give the community a better understanding of how Cystic Fibrosis affects the pediatric children and their life on a daily basis. The poster project will have go into some detail about Cystic Fibrosis such as what is it, CF sleep pattern, nutrition, and life expectancy / fertility issues. The poster will talk about growth and pulmonary function in the pediatric patient. Cystic Fibrosis affects the lungs and makes it harder for the infant, child, adolescent and the adult hard to breath. The thick mucus blocks the airways which makes breathing difficult. Sleeping for the preschool and school age child is impeding due to breathing treatments prior to going to bed. The CF children wake up earlier because they need to have treatments before going to school. Nutrition in the pediatrics patient consists of a high protein, high calorie diet with an unrestricted fat diet. It is important that the CF patient has vitamin A, D, E, & K in the diet which are fat-soluble vitamins to help with the digestion process. Not only do the CF patients need vitamins but they need pancreatic enzymes in their food to help absorb fatty food. The enzymes are added to the pediatric patients food in the breast milk, formula, or in fruits for a toddler.



Cystic Fibrosis

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