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Cystic fibrosis is a hereditary disease that attacks the lungs and the digestive and reproductive systems. It is the most common serious hereditary disease in Canada.
Cystic fibrosis (CF), also known as mucoviscidosis, is a disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. In fact, it affects all mucus-secreting glands. Mucus is a clear liquid substance that is found, for example, in the mouth, intestines and airway. Persons with cystic fibrosis produce excessive quantities of thick, sticky mucus. As a result, the bronchioles become obstructed, making it difficult for them to breathe. As for the digestive system, the narrow ducts in the liver and pancreas become partially or totally blocked. This leads to incomplete digestion and absorption of nutrients. These environments are also more prone to bacterial proliferation, which leads to infections that can aggravate the situation.
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