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Cystic Fibrosis (CF)

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease that causes thickened mucus to form in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs, this mucus blocks the airways, causing lung damage and making it hard to breathe. CF is a life-threatening condition, but thanks to advances in treatment and care, the average life expectancy has been steadily increasing and quality of life has improved.

Learn About Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic (inherited) condition that leads to recurrent sinus and pulmonary infections, as well as gastrointestinal problems. See what it means to have this disease.

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Cystic Fibrosis Symptoms, Causes & Risk Factors

You or your loved one with CF might experience a wide range in severity of CF symptoms. Learn what causes this disease and more about different symptoms.

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Diagnosing and Treating Cystic Fibrosis

In the last 2 decades, there have been many advances in the treatment of CF. There are medications to help thin and clear the thick mucus from the airways, enzymes to help absorb fat and nutrients, and antibiotics to treat the infections. There are also new emerging treatments that target fixing the CFTR protein.

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Living with Cystic Fibrosis

A diagnosis of CF is life changing for a family. However, in the last 2 to 3 decades, significant strides have been made so that children born today with CF have a completely different outlook than those born 30 or 40 years ago.

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Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Cystic Fibrosis

Making notes before your visit, as well as taking along a trusted family member or friend, can help you through the first appointment with your doctor about cystic fibrosis.

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This content was developed in partnership with the CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians.

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