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Cystic Fibrosis 1 Cystic Fibrosis Darol Burdge Kaplan University SC435 Professor Alissa Rennie 6 June 2016
CYSTIC FIBROSIS 2 Cystic Fibrosis Cystic Fibrosis is a disorder that is inherited. In this disorder severe damage can be caused to both the digestive system and the lungs (Foundation, n.d.). Currently around 30,000 people in the U.S. are living with Cystic Fibrosis and about 1000 new cases are diagnosed every year (Staff, 2015). Most cases of Cystic fibrosis are diagnosed by the age of 2 and the current lifespan of people with the disorder is around 39 years (Staff, 2015). In Cystic Fibrosis there is a defective gene that effects the cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices in the body (Schechter, 2014). These secretions are normally slippery and thin but in Cystic Fibrosis they become sticky and thick. These thick fluids can cause a buildup of mucous within the lungs, pancreas and other organs. These buildups can then lead to infections within the lungs or blockages within the pancreas (Schechter, 2014). Some of the symptoms associated with Cystic

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