Cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a chronic, progressive, and frequently fatal genetic disease of the glands that produce or secrete sweat and mucus. CF primarily affects the respiratory, digestive, and reproductive tracts in children and young adults. On average, individuals with CF have a lifespan of around 37 years, however, due to advances in treatment, patients born after 2010, are now expected to live in to the sixth decade.

According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, about 30,000 Americans have CF. The disease occurs mostly in whites whose ancestors came from northern Europe, although it cuts across all races and ethnic groups. About 3,500 babies are born with the disease each year in the United States. Moreover, about one in every 30 Americans are unaffected carriers of an abnormal CF gene.

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Review Date: 11/20/2016  

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