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Cystic Fibrosis

What is cystic fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis or CF is an inherited disease involving epithelial cells. Epithelial cells are found lining the skin, sweat glands, and respiratory, gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts. In people with cystic fibrosis, the epithelial cells do not function properly. These impaired cells cause abnormal regulation of the flow of salts and water. The result is abnormal secretions such as a thick, st (More)


Understanding Cystic Fibrosis

  • Newborn Screening for Cystic Fibrosis
  • Adults with Cystic Fibrosis
  • Cystic Fibrosis (OSU Patient Education Materials)
  • Cystic Fibrosis - ADAM
  • Cystic Fibrosis Tutorial (MedlinePlus)
  • Cystic Fibrosis: From the NIH (MedlinePlus)
  • Genetics Home Reference: Cystic Fibrosis (National Library of Medicine)
  • JAMA Patient Page - JAMA Patient Page (American Medical Association)
  • Learning about Cystic Fibrosis (National Human Genome Research Institute)
  • Learning about Cystic Fibrosis (National Human Genome Research Institute)
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  • Commonly Asked Questions


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  • Can I Be Diagnosed With CF At 61?
  • Can You Get Cystic Fibrosis At 51?
  • Could a Sweat Test Be Wrong?
  • Do I Have Cystic Fibrosis or Emphysema?
  • Do You Treat Borderline CF the Same as Typical CF?
  • I'm 24, How Did I Test Positive for CF?
  • Is CF Always Inherited?
  • What Is the Life Expectancy of Adults with CF?
  • What's the Chance of a CF Child?
  • Why Can't People with CF Stay in the Same Room?

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    Last Updated: Mar 07, 2014