occurs when a child inherits a changed (mutated)
gene from both parents. The changed gene
causes problems with the way salt and water move in and out of the cells that
mucus, causing the mucus to be thick and sticky. This
kind of mucus makes it hard for the body to keep certain organs clean and
Many people don't know they have
the changed gene. If you are the parent of a child who has cystic fibrosis, it
is important to remember that nothing you did caused the disease.
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September 09, 2014
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