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Cystic fibrosis

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Introduction
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition in which the lungs and digestive system become clogged with thick sticky mucus.
Symptoms of cystic fibrosis
The most common symptoms of cystic fibrosis are persistent coughing and wheezing and recurring chest and lung infections
Causes of cystic fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis is caused by a faulty gene that allows too much salt and not enough water into cells, leading to a build-up of mucus in the lungs
Diagnosing cystic fibrosis
Most cases of cystic fibrosis in the UK are now diagnosed through screening tests, which are carried out very early in life
Treating cystic fibrosis
People with cystic fibrosis should be treated with help and advice from a team of healthcare professionals at a cystic fibrosis centre
'I was 12 years old when I learned how to do the physio by myself'
 Lauren, 14, talks about living with cystic fibrosis and how she doesn’t let it stop her from doing the things she loves "Cystic fibrosis stops me from going
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