Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes a thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs, digestive tract, and other areas of the body. It is one of the most common chronic lung diseases in children and young adults. It is a life-threatening disorder. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is caused by a defective gene which causes the body to produce an abnormally thick and sticky fluid, called mucus. This mucus builds up in the breathing passages of the lungs and in the pancreas, the organ that helps to break down and absorb food.
Resources for Families
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- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
- PubMed: Articles on Cystic Fibrosis
- Mayo Clinic: Cystic Fibrosis
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: What Is Cystic Fibrosis?
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Articles on Cystic Fibrosis
- Genetics Home Reference: Cystic Fibrosis
- KidsHealth: Cystic Fibrosis