Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited condition of the mucus glands. Mucus is a slippery substance the body secretes to cover and protect the lungs, digestive system, reproductive system, and other organs and tissues. CF causes the body to produce excess mucus that is abnormally thick and sticky which can lead to a variety of health problems. If left untreated, CF can cause serious lifelong health problems that could lead to early death. If the condition is identified early and proper treatment is begun, many of the symptoms of CF can be controlled and children can live longer, healthier lives.
This condition is also known as: cystic fibrosis of the pancreas, fibrocystic disease of the pancreas, mucoviscidosis.
To learn more about cystic fibrosis, visit Baby's First Test: Cystic fibrosis and Screening, Technology, and Research in Genetics (STAR-G): Cystic fibrosis. Visit Cystic Fibrosis ((Pulmonologists) Providers for a listing of medical specialists and clinic contact information.