About Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease usually characterized by lung problems, which limit the lifespan on average to 30 to 40 years. The body generates abnormally thick mucus, which clogs the pancreas (which helps to break up and absorb food) and the lungs.
Symptoms Of A Child With Cystic Fibrosis
Many children with cystic fibrosis suffer from these symptoms:
- Chronic lung disease, caused by continuing infections
- Pancreatic deficiencies
- Belly pain and distended abdomen
- Recurrent pneumonia
- Difficulty gaining weight
Detection Of Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis can only be passed on to a child if both parents have a defective gene. One in 29 Caucasian Americans carry the trait, and the gene is detectable in 60 to 90% of carriers, depending on the type of test used. Parents can be easily tested to see if they carry the gene.
During the pregnancy, cystic fibrosis can be detected by amniocentesis (testing the fluid surrounding the baby) or by testing the placenta.
Cystic Fibrosis Lawsuits
There are several types of medical malpractice lawsuits that can arise when a child is born with cystic fibrosis. The first type of lawsuit is known as wrongful pregnancy. A woman who receives donor eggs, sperm or embryos may file a lawsuit against the company and physician who failed to screen the donor for cystic fibrosis.
A related lawsuit occurs when a couple planning to have a child receives genetic counseling. If the tests are performed improperly or misread, the couple may not realize that they are at risk of delivering a child with cystic fibrosis.
A third type of lawsuit can arise when doctors fail to offer or properly perform genetic testing on the fetus in utero. There are tests that can determine whether a fetus has cystic fibrosis, and those tests can be performed early enough to allow parents the option of terminating the pregnancy. These lawsuits are called wrongful birth and wrongful life lawsuits—not all states permit these types of lawsuits.
If you have a child who was born with cystic fibrosis, and your obstetrician either failed to offer genetic counseling early in the pregnancy, or the genetic testing did not detect your child’s cystic fibrosis, contact our birth injury lawyers at (855) 712-7818 or send us a confidential online message.
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