Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
4 minute read
24 Feb 2020
11:58 am

What you need to know about cystic fibrosis

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

There is no cure, but treatment can ease symptoms and reduce complications.

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Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disorder that affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices, leading to severe damage to the lungs and digestive system. These secreted fluids are normally thin and slippery. But in people with cystic fibrosis, a defective gene causes the secretions to become thick and sticky. Instead of acting as a lubricant, the secretions plug up tubes, ducts and passageways, especially in the lungs and pancreas. Due to advances in screening and treatment people with cystic fibrosis are able to attend school and work and have a better quality of life than in previous...