Cystic Fibrosis

By Taylor Lemmon

Basic info

A disorder that causes the production of abnormally thick mucus, leading to the blockage of the pancreatic ducts, intestines, and bronchi and often resulting in respiratory infection. Cystic fibrosis affects both makes and females from all racial and ethnic groups, and also comes from family because the disease is inherited.


Some symptoms of Cystic fibrosis are very salty-tasting skin, persistent coughing, frequent lung infections, poor growth/weight gain in spite of a good appetite, and wheezing or shortness of breath. Also, this disease affects daily life with lung infections that make you sick a lot, bowel movements are more frequent, and can't exercise too much or you can't breath. Lastly, the life expectancy for people with Cystic fibrosis is to live to their 30's, 40's and sometimes older.


The mutation causing the condition is called the CFTR (Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator) gene in body cells. Disease located on chromosome 7 , the name of the gene that is mutated is called CFTR (Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator).


Possible treatments for the Cystic fibrosis disease are gene therapy research, genetic research for new drugs, and regular treatment routine. There isn't a possible cure for this disease.

Other facts

  • Inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system
  • More than 70% of patients are diagnosed by age two
  • The name Cystic fibrosis refers to the characteristic scarring (fibrosis)
  • Cyst formation within the pancreas