Cystic Fibrosis

What is Cystic Fibrosis (CF)?

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States and 70,000 people worldwide. CF is caused by a recessive gene, which means that a child must inherit two copies of the defective CF gene—one from each parent—to have the disease. It is most often found in Caucasians, but it can be found in people of all races Because of a defective gene and the protein it produces, the body manufactures unusually thick, sticky mucus. This mucus clogs the lungs and can lead to life-threatening lung infections. It also can obstruct the pancreas and block release of sufficient pancreatic enzymes to help the body break down and absorb food. Other systems can be affected as well.

Cystic Fibrosis Resources

Newborn screening

Why are newborns screened for cystic fibrosis?

CF Connections

Informative newsletters that include articles from adults who are living successful and fulfilling lives while managing their CF.