Cystic fibrosis

By Gabe and Erich

Definition and what it affects on the body

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease. It causes a defect in certain cells of the lung and digestive system. The defect makes the cells produce a thick, sticky mucus. The mucus can cause

-Blockages in lung and airways

-Problems in digesting and absorbing nutrients

Cystic fibrosis is a serious life long condition but the severity of the illness can vary Greatly.And there is no cure.

Symptoms

Here is a list of some of the symptoms.

-Salty sweat

-Intestinal obstruction

Mucus that causes blockages in the may lead to;

-Coughing and wheezing

-Shortness of breath

- Difficulty with exercise

-Abnormal shaped clubbed finger nails

-Malformed chest

Mucus blockages

Mucus can also block the pancreas. this can block enzymes used to help digest food. this can lead to.

-Diarrhea

-Trouble gaining weight

- Poor growth

-Failure to thrive

-Malnutrition

-Dehydration

life expectancy

The life expectancy is about 35 years through 60 years.

Causes

A child with cystic fibrosis inherits defective genes from each parents who have the gene but do not have CF are called carriers.