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This occurs in about 93 percent of people with CF. Bile duct blockage occurs in fewer than 7 percent of those with CF. Blockage in the bowel caused by thick secretions and abnormal stools is also less common. Meconium ileus appears at birth in about 15 percent to 20 percent of newborns with CF. Distal intestinal obstructive syndrome (DIOS) occurs in less than 3 percent of people with CF. Page 56, 60, 61 2. B The blockage of enzymes in the pancreas can cause poor digestion of protein and fat. This condition is called malabsorption.

Mucolytics — thin mucus, making it easier to cough out. 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.

Your CF care team can teach you how to use a MDI if the doctor orders it. Types of inhaled medicines: • Bronchodilators — open the airways to help clear mucus and make breathing easier. They are given before ACTs. Albuterol is a bronchodilator. • Mucolytics — thin mucus, making it easier to cough out. 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.

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