Cystic Fibrosis Carrier Screening
What Is Cystic Fibrosis?
Reference Cystic fibrosis Opens New Window (CF) is an inherited disease caused by a change (mutation) in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator (CFTR) Reference gene Opens New Window. It is a chronic, progressive disease that causes Reference mucus Opens New Window to become thick and sticky. The mucus builds up and clogs passages in many of the body's organs, but mostly in the Reference lungs and the pancreas Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window. In the lungs, the mucus can cause serious breathing problems and lung disease. In the pancreas, the mucus can cause digestive problems and malnutrition, which can lead to problems with growth and development.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference June 15, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Susanna McColley, MD - Pediatric Pulmonology