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Were you looking for information about Cystic Fibrosis? Sistic fibrosis is a common misspelling of cystic fibrosis.
 
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a disease that affects the mucus and sweat glands. The disease is inherited and mainly affects the lungs, liver, pancreas, sinuses, intestines, and sex organs. In a person with this condition, an abnormal gene -- called the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene -- causes mucus to become thick and sticky.
 
As a result, a number of things may happen. For example, the stools become bulky; it may not be possible to get enough vitamins A, D, E, and K; and nutrients leave the body unused, which can cause malnourishment. Treatment options for this condition include antibiotics, exercise, and chest physical therapy, among other things.
 
(Click Cystic Fibrosis for the full eMedTV article on this topic. This article provides detailed information about the symptoms of cystic fibrosis, how CF is diagnosed, and treatment options for the condition. You can also click on any of the links in the box to the right for more specific information.)
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