The cause of cystic fibrosis is a defect in the CFTR gene. the CFTR gene makes a protein that controls the movement of salt and water in and out of your body's cells. For people suffering with CF, the gene makes a protein that doesn't work. This results in thick, sticky mucus and very salty sweat.
Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited disease of the secretory glands. Cystic Fibrosis mainly affects the lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, sinuses and sex organs.
you might add Michelle that if a person with CF lives to be in there mid-twenties they have exceded most Drs. expectations for life. I was told at 6 y.o. I would not live to be 18 y.o. Well guess what I will be celebrating my 59th birthday this year. Oh but the aches and pains that go with CF is a constant battle. I am developing symtoms that the Drs. knw very little about. It is not fun...
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