Cystic Fibrosis: No Cure Yet, But Treatment Advances Continue

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Cystic fibrosis is an autosomal recessive disease that affects approximately 30,000 children and adults in the U.S. It is a chronic, multisystem disorder that significantly reduces life expectancy. Primary manifestations include progressive obstructive lung disease and pancreatic insufficiency, but patients also may experience chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, malnutrition, distal intestinal obstructive syndrome, diabetes, liver cirrhosis, pancreatitis, gallstones, and infertility. To have cystic fibrosis, a child must inherit two abnormal cystic fibrosis genes, one from each parent. Each time two carriers have a child, there is a 25% chance the baby will have cystic fibrosis. This module provides updated information on the treatment and management of people with cystic fibrosis.

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Cystic fibrosis is an autosomal recessive disease that affects approximately 30,000 children and adults in the U.S. It is a chronic, multisystem disorder that significantly reduces life expectancy. Primary manifestations include progressive obstructive lung disease and pancreatic insufficiency, but patients also may experience chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, malnutrition, distal intestinal obstructive syndrome, diabetes, liver cirrhosis, pancreatitis, gallstones, and infertility. To have cystic fibrosis, a child must inherit two abnormal cystic fibrosis genes, one from each parent. Each time two carriers have a child, there is a 25% chance the baby will have cystic fibrosis. This module provides updated information on the treatment and management of people with cystic fibrosis.

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