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It is possible that the main title of the report Cystic Fibrosis is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that often affects multiple organ systems of the body. Cystic fibrosis is characterized by abnormalities affecting certain glands (exocrine) of the body especially those that produce mucus. Saliva and sweat glands may also be affected. Exocrine glands secrete substances through ducts, either internally (e.g., glands in the lungs) or externally (e.g., sweat glands). In cystic fibrosis, these secretions become abnormally thick and can clog up vital areas of the body causing inflammation, obstruction and infection. The symptoms of cystic fibrosis can vary greatly in number and severity from one individual to another. Common symptoms include breathing (respiratory) abnormalities including a persistent cough, shortness of breath and lung infections; obstruction of the pancreas, which prevents digestive enzymes from reaching the intestines to help break down food and may result in poor growth and poor nutrition; and obstruction of the intestines. Cystic fibrosis is slowly progressive and often causes chronic lung damage, which eventually results in life-threatening complications. Because of improved treatments and new treatment options, the outlook and overall quality of life of individuals with cystic fibrosis has improved and more than 40 percent of individuals with the disorder are adults. Cystic fibrosis is caused by mutations to the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene and is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
6931 Arlington Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20814
American Lung Association
1301 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
2221 Yonge Street
Ontario, M1B 4G8
Cystic Fibrosis Trust
11 London Rd
Kent, BR1 1BY
NIH/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases
Office of Communications & Public Liaison
Bldg 31, Rm 9A06
31 Center Drive, MSC 2560
Bethesda, MD 20892-2560
Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc.
Bayside Business Plaza
2670 Bayshore Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
Cochrane Cystic Fibrosis and Genetic Disorders Group
Institute of Child Health, University of Liverpool
Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Liverpool, L12 2 AP
Cystic Fibrosis Worldwide
Evka 3 Mahallesi
127/19 SOKAK NO/25
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Global Fibrosis Foundation
5036 Dr. Phillips Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819
Childhood Liver Disease Research and Education Network
c/o Joan M. Hines, Research Administrator
Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 E 16th Ave. B290
Aurora, CO 80045
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