Cystic Fibrosis

April,6,2016

Pathophysiology

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a disease of exocrine gland function that involves multiple organ systems but chiefly results in chronic respiratory infections, pancreatic enzyme insufficiency, and associated complications in untreated patients.

Cause

A sudden mutation, or change, in the CFTR gene causes your mucus to become thicker and stickier than it's supposed to be. This abnormal mucus builds up in various organs throughout the body.

Nearly half of the CF population is age 18 or older.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.

https://www.cff.org/About-Us/