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What are the complications from mucus buildup for people with cystic fibrosis?

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Mucus buildup in your lungs makes it easier for bacteria to grow. This can cause frequent infections.

Mucus buildup can keep digestive enzymes you need from reaching your intestines. These enzymes help you digest the nutrients in the food that you eat, including fats and carbohydrates.

SOURCES:

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions."

American Lung Association: "Cystic Fibrosis."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Is Cystic Fibrosis?" 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis?" 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Cystic Fibrosis Diagnosed?" 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Cystic Fibrosis Treated?"

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

SOURCES:

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions."

American Lung Association: "Cystic Fibrosis."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Is Cystic Fibrosis?" 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis?" 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Cystic Fibrosis Diagnosed?" 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Cystic Fibrosis Treated?"

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

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