What is CF?
CF is the most common, life threatening inherited disease in the United Kingdom (UK), affecting approximately 1 in 2,500 live births. It is a multi-system disorder, which primarily affects the respiratory and digestive systems as well as the liver, joints and can include diabetes, infertility and reproductive problems.
Thick sticky mucus clogs up the lungs and blocks the airways, causing difficulty in breathing. Food digestion is also a problem as mucus stops digestive enzymes from getting into the intestines.
Symptoms of CF
Difficulty in breathing, with wheezing and shortness of breath
Frequent chest infections
Poor weight gain
Greasy, bulky stools