What is cystic fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition affecting more than 10,400 people in the UK.

Friday, 3rd August 2018, 4:21 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd August 2018, 5:23 pm
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People with cystic fibrosis experience a build-up of thick sticky mucus in the lungs, digestive system and other organs, causing a wide range of challenging symptoms affecting the entire body.

The condition is caused by a genetic mutation that means cells in the human body are unable to move salt and water around effectively. This results in a build-up of thick mucus in the lungs and digestive system.

There’s a thin layer of mucus inside everyone’s airways that catches anything people breathe in, like bacteria or dust. In people with cystic fibrosis, this mucus is stickier than it should be.

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This means bacteria can become trapped in the lungs, causing infections.

One in 25 people in the UK carry the faulty gene that causes it, usually without knowing.