Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening, inherited medical condition that is caused by abnormal cells that produce sweat, mucus and digestive juices. In normal cells, these liquids are thin and slippery, but patients with Cystic Fibrosis have thick, sticky secretions that clog air passages in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. Cystic Fibrosis primarily affects Caucasians and occurs in about 1 out of every 3,000 births.
Cystic Fibrosis is caused by a defective gene that alters the protein used to move salt in and out of cells. The lack of movement causes the buildup of mucus in different body systems. The gene responsible for causing Cystic Fibrosis is recessive, which means both parents must carry the gene in order for their child to be diagnosed with the illness.
- Poor weight gain and growth
- Persistent sinus infections and lung infections
- Coughing and wheezing
- Constipation and intestinal blockages
Unfortunately, there is no cure for Cystic Fibrosis. In the past, patients who had Cystic Fibrosis lived into their teens, but with more knowledge and treatment options, people who have Cystic Fibrosis can live to be 50-years-old and even older. While there is no cure, there are different treatment options that can help reduce the affects of Cystic Fibrosis, which include antibiotics, bronchodilators, mucus-thinning drugs, various therapies and even surgical procedures. Patients can even undergo a lung transplant if needed.
Wish Kids with Cystic Fibrosis
We have wish kids that have Cystic Fibrosis and are awaiting or have received a wish. To view these kids, visit our Cystic Fibrosis Wish page.