Ethnicity impacts the cystic fibrosis diagnosis: A note of caution.

Last updated on 23-3-2022 by Wesley Van Dessel

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BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is by consensus based on the same parameters in all patients, yet the influence of ethnicity has only scarcely been studied. We aimed at elucidating the impact of Asian descent on the diagnosis of CF.METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of the CFTR2 and UK CF databases for clinical phenotype, sweat chloride values and CFTR mutations and compared the diagnostic characteristics of Asian to non-Asian patients with CF.RESULTS: Asian patients with CF do not have a worse clinical phenotype. The repeatedly reported lower FEV1 of Asian pat…

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