Cystic Fibrosis can cause a range of problems. The lungs and digestive system are the main areas that are affected.
Symptoms tend to start in early childhood, but sometimes they can develop soon after birth and very occasionally they may not be obvious until adulthood.
Nowadays, Cystic Fibrosis is usually diagnosed before symptoms appear, through screening tests carried out soon after birth.
The main problems associated with cystic fibrosis are outlined below.
Cystic Fibrosis can cause sticky mucus to clog the lungs and airways. This can cause:
Over time, the lungs can become increasingly damaged and may eventually stop working properly.
The mucus can also block parts of the digestive system, which can affect how food travels through the gut and how it's broken down or absorbed.
This can cause:
People with cystic fibrosis can also experience a number of other problems, including: