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Cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder. It is an inherited rare disease that causes severe damage to the lungs, but also the pancreas, liver, kidneys and intestines. It results in long-term issues such as difficulties in breathing and coughing up of mucus as a result of lung infections. CF affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices. Whilst these secreted fluids are normally thin and slippery, they are becoming sticky and thick for people who suffer from CF. They clog tubes, ducts and passageways, therefore particularly affecting the lungs and pancreas. Cystic fibrosis requires daily care, but usually people can attend work or school in today's world. Patients with cystic fibrosis live on average into their late 30s and some are living into their 50s.