Cystic Fibrosis Essay

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Cystic fibrosis is a disease that causes the body to make thick, sticky mucus. This causes problems in two major parts of the body, the lungs and the digestive system. Healthy lungs produce mucus, which protects the airways and makes it easier to breathe. But for a person with cystic fibrosis, the mucus is thick and sticky and can clog up the lungs. This creates a place where bacteria can easily grow, causing infections. It’s not only the airways and lungs that are affected in a person who has cystic fibrosis; mucus-producing cells line the digestive tract, including the stomach, intestines, liver, pancreas and reproductive organs. The pancreas produces enzymes that help digest food and hormones that help absorb sugar. When thick mucus in the pancreas clogs up the narrow passageways, it can make it difficult for people to digest food and get all the vitamins and nutrients that are needed. Cystic fibrosis affects more than 30,000 children and young adults in the United States. It can be mild or severe, depending on the person. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease, which means that it is passed down form parent to child; someone who has CF is born with it. Although someone with cystic fibrosis is born with it, it isn’t always obvious at birth; it may take a while for symptoms to appear/develop. Doctors sometimes tell that a baby has CF as they might cough a lot and get lots of lung infections. The baby might have unusual large, bulky bowel movements or may not gain weight as predicted. To know if a person has CF they do a test by collecting a sample of sweat because people with CF have more salt in their sweat than others. Or they can look for a gene that causes CF. To treat CF they have to be hit on the back in the morning, this helps to break up the mucus that was collected in her lungs overnight. If the mucus stayed there it would make it harder to breathe and

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