The symptoms of cystic fibrosis very in different people, but the most common are as
follows; abnormalities in the glands that produce sweat and mucus.
This may cause a
loss of salt.
A loss of salt may cause an upset in the balance of minerals in the blood,
abnormal heart rhythms, and, possibly, shock.
In addition, thick mucus accumulates in
the lungs and intestines.
This may cause malnutrition, poor growth, frequent respiratory
infections, breathing difficulties, and/or lung disease.
Other medical problems are
prevalent, such as: sinusitis, nasal polyps, clubbing of fingers and toes,
hemoptysis (coughing up blood), cor pulmonale (enlargement of right side of heart),
abdominal pain, gas in the intestines, rectal prolapse, liver disease,
pancreatitis, gallstones, and sterility in males.
Since Cystic Fibrosis is a
, the only way to prevent or cure it would
be with gene therapy at an early age.
Ideally, gene therapy could repair or replace the