“Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder that causes problems with breathing and digestion. CF affects about 35,000 people in the United States. People with CF have mucus that is too thick and sticky, which
- blocks airways and leads to lung damage;
- traps germs and makes infections more likely; and
- prevents proteins needed for digestion from reaching the intestines, which decreases the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food.
- Sometimes it blocks the pancreas”
Center of Disease Prevention and Control CDC