Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder that results in serious diseases of the lungs and of the digestive system due to pancreas dysfunction. It is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder that affects about 1 in 2500 people. CF may be screened for at birth, or otherwise is often diagnosed ...

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Introduction: Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis, an inherited disease of the lungs, intestines, pancreas, and bile ducts in which the body does not produce enough fluid and mucus becomes thick and blocks off small bile ducts. This blockage of the bile ducts can lead ...1

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Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis? The signs and symptoms of cystic fibrosis (CF) vary from person to person and over time. Sometimes you'll have few symptoms. Other times, your symptoms may become more severe. One ...2

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Complications of Cystic Fibrosis

CF mainly affects the lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, sinuses, and sex organs. ...Source: NHLBI (NIH)3 ...

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Causes of Cystic Fibrosis

What Causes Cystic Fibrosis? A defect in the CFTR gene causes cystic fibrosis (CF). This gene makes a protein that controls the movement of salt and water in and out of your body's cells. In people who have CF, the ...4

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Causes List for Cystic Fibrosis

Some possible causes of Cystic Fibrosis or similar disorders may include:5

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Types of Cystic Fibrosis

More than a thousand known defects can affect the CFTR gene. The type of defect you or your child has may affect the severity of CF. Other genes also may play a role in the severity of the disease. Source ...6

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Diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis

How Is Cystic Fibrosis Diagnosed? Doctors diagnose cystic fibrosis (CF) based on the results from various tests. Newborn Screening All States screen newborns for CF using a genetic test or a blood test. The genetic test shows whether a newborn ...7

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Genetics of Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (SIS-tik fi-BRO-sis), or CF, is an inherited disease of the secretory (see-KREH-tor-ee) glands. Secretory glands include glands that make mucus and sweat. "Inherited" means the disease is passed from parents to children ...8

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Risk Factors for Cystic Fibrosis

Who Is at Risk for Cystic Fibrosis? Cystic fibrosis (CF) affects both males and females and people from all racial and ethnic groups. However, the disease is most common among Caucasians of Northern European descent. CF also is common among ...9

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Treatments: Cystic Fibrosis

How Is Cystic Fibrosis Treated? Cystic fibrosis (CF) has no cure. However, treatments have greatly improved in recent years. The goals of CF treatment include:

  • Preventing and controlling lung infections
  • Loosening and removing thick, sticky mucus from the lungs
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Research for Cystic Fibrosis

The Genetic Disorders Of Mucociliary Clearance Consortium (GDMCC) is a network of nine North American Centers that are collaborating in diagnostic testing, genetic studies, and clinical trials in patients with impairments in mucociliary clearance, focusing on primary ciliary dyskinesia, cystic ...10

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Names and Terminology

Other Names for Cystic Fibrosis

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  1. Source: NIDDK (NIH): health-information/ health-topics/ liver-disease/ cirrhosis/ Pages/ facts.aspx
  2. Source: NHLBI (NIH): health/ health-topics/ topics/ cf/ signs
  3. Source: NHLBI (NIH): health/ health-topics/ topics/ cf
  4. Source: NHLBI (NIH): health/ health-topics/ topics/ cf/ causes
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: NHLBI (NIH): health/ health-topics/ topics/ cf/ causes
  7. Source: NHLBI (NIH): health/ health-topics/ topics/ cf/ diagnosis
  8. Source: NHLBI (NIH): health/ health-topics/ topics/ cf
  9. Source: NHLBI (NIH): health/ health-topics/ topics/ cf/ atrisk
  10. Source: RDCRN (NCATS/NIH): cms/ gdmcc/ About-Us

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