Were you looking for information on Cystic Fibrosis? Cystic fibroses 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. The most common symptoms include frequent coughing with phlegm, frequent bouts of bronchitis, and dehydration. Over time, mucus buildup and infections can lead to permanent lung damage, including the formation of scar tissue (fibrosis) and cysts in the lungs.
Antibiotics are the main treatment for lung problems caused by this condition. Other options for treatment include exercise, mucus-thinning drugs, and chest physical therapy. Until the 1980s, most deaths from cystic fibrosis occurred in children and teenagers. Today, with improved treatments, people with this condition live, on average, to be more than 35 years old.
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