Cystic Fibrosis London Chapter

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“Cystic fibrosis  is the most common, fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. There is no cure for cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is a multi-organ disease, primarily affecting the lungs and digestive system. A build-up of thick mucus in the lungs causes severe breathing problems. It may be difficult to clear bacteria from the lungs, leading to cycles of infection and inflammation, which damage the delicate lung tissues.

Thick mucus also blocks the ducts of the pancreas, preventing enzymes from reaching the intestines to digest food. People with CF must consume a large amount of artificial enzymes (average 20 pills a day) with every meal and snack, to help digest and absorb adequate nutrition from food.

Cystic fibrosis is a very complex disease, but you will find plenty of information on this site to help answer your questions. ” – Cystic Fibrosis London