Were you looking for information about Cystic Fibrosis? Cistic fibrosis is a common misspelling of cystic fibrosis.
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease of the mucus and sweat glands. It mainly affects the lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, sinuses, and sex organs. In a person with this condition, an abnormal gene causes mucus to become thick and sticky. Some common symptoms include malnutrition, poor growth, dehydration, and frequent coughing with phlegm. Over time, mucus buildup and infections will lead to permanent lung damage, including the formation of scar tissue (fibrosis) and cysts in the lungs.
Until the 1980s, most deaths from cystic fibrosis occurred in children and teenagers. Today, with improved treatments, people with the condition live, on average, to be more than 35 years old. Treatment options range from antibiotics to chest physical therapy to mucus-thinning drugs. Other names for the condition include CF, mucoviscidosis, and fibrocystic disease of the pancreas.
(Click Cystic Fibrosis for more detail about cystic fibrosis, including who the disease affects and specific tests that can help diagnose it. You can also click on any of the links in the box to the right for more specific information.)