The World of Cystic Fibrosis

Otherwise known as "Sixty-five Roses"

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Cystic Fibrosis

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic Fibrosis or CF, is a chronic inherited disease from the secretory glands. A secretory gland is supposed to secrete or get rid of materials (waste) that is not needed for their functions. Examples are glands that secrete sweat and mucus. The fact that Cystic Fibrosis is hereditary means that they must have been passed down from their parents. It is an autosomal recessive disease.

In order to have CF...

In order to have inherited Cystic Fibrosis a person must have inherited two faulty genes from their parents. One gene from each parent. The parents are likely to be carriers since CF is a chronic disease; people with the disease usually don't live long enough to have children.

First Detections

The first detections of Cystic Fibrosis can sometimes be clear, but are not always easy to see. The first sign of CF will usually be seen by the child’s parent. The parents may notice that the baby has a salty taste to its skin. Or the parents may notice that the child does not pass stool when it is first born. When a baby doesn’t pass stool it means they do not produce a waste product or poop. Most signs that a child has Cystic Fibrosis occur later on in the child’s life; though most do live past their infant years


Other signs that show a child may have CF occur in the sinuses, lungs (Respiratory), skin, liver, and pancreas, intestines, reproductive organs and Digestive Organs. In the Sinuses an Infection may appear called ‘sinusitis. In the Lungs there may be a thick build up of mucus, the airways will have widened and bacterial infection will have occurred. On the skin your glands will have produced extra salty sweat; which is what parents taste when they kiss their children.

More Symptoms

The Liver will have blocked Bile ducks. Bile ducts carry bile from your Liver to your gallbladder; bile is an alkaline fluid that aids digestion and is secreted by the Liver. When the bile ducts are blocked then the alkaline fluid cannot be stored within your gallbladder or delivered to your small intestines then it can lead to life threatening diseases. In Pancreas your pancreatic ducts may be blocked, your intestines cannot fully absorb nutrients, and there will be several complications to your male and female reproductive organs.

Life Expectancy

Most CF patients are not expected to live past infancy the few who do have a long life ahead of them


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