Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder that creates an abnormally thick mucus lining in the lungs and can lead to fatal lung infections. It affects the respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems and can also result in obstructions of the pancreas. To have the disease, an individual must inherit two defective CF genes, one from each parent. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the incidence of CF in the United States is reported to be 1 in every 3,500 births. The severity of CF varies depending on how much the lung and other systems such as the GI are affected.
New treatments, testing and gene therapy holds great promise for treating childhood cystic fibrosis.