Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited condition that can affect how well the lungs, digestive system and other parts of the body work. Mucus is a slippery substance the body secretes to cover and protect the lungs, digestive system, reproductive system and other tissues. In cystic fibrosis, mucus made by the body is more thick and sticky. The build-up of thick, sticky mucus in parts of the body can lead to a variety of health problems. Early detection and prompt and ongoing management can provide individuals living with this chronic condition the opportunity to live healthier lives.
To learn more about cystic fibrosis, visit Baby's First Test: Cystic fibrosis and Screening, Technology, and Research in Genetics (STAR-G): Cystic fibrosis. A listing of contact information for Minnesota cystic fibrosis medical specialty providers/clinics serving children affected with or undergoing evaluation for conditions that can be detected through Minnesota Newborn Screening is available upon request.