Diagnosis Information

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

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Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems. Approximately 1 in every 2000-3000 babies is born with Cystic Fibrosis each year. A defective gene found on the 7th chromosome changes a protein that regulates the movement of salt in and out of cells, causing the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that can clog the lungs and lead to life threatening lung infections, obstruct the pancreas, and stop the natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food. Cystic Fibrosis does not affect mental faculty. This autosomal recessive genetic disorder requires that both parents possess a […]