About Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic Fibrosis is a disorder of the mucous glands. Children affected by Cystic Fibrosis produce excess mucus that is abnormally thick and sticky. Mucus is important to the lungs, digestive system, reproductive system, and other organs and tissues.
If untreated, Cystic Fibrosis can cause lifelong health problems that can lead to early death. However, if Cystic Fibrosis is detected early and proper treatment is begun, children can have decreased symptoms and live longer healthier lives.
The frequency of Cystic Fibrosis varies by ethnicity. In the United States, approximately 1 in 3,500 Caucasian babies, 1 in 7,000 Hispanic babies, and 1 in 17,000 African American babies are affected by Cystic Fibrosis.
Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited disorder of the mucous glands.
Also Known As
- Fibrocystic Disease of the Pancreas
- Cystic Fibrosis of the Pancreas
- immunoreactive trypsinogen