Cystic Fibrosis Test
If you have healthy lungs, there is a layer of mucus in the walls of your airways. This mucus protects your lungs and removes bacteria out of your body. If you have cystic fibrosis, this mucus becomes excessively thick and sticky. This clogs up your airways, making it hard for you to breathe.Cystic fibrosis also commonly affects the digestive system. Your pancreas makes enzymes that pass into your bowel to help break down the food that you eat. If you have cystic fibrosis, the duct that passes these enzymes from your pancreas into your bowel gets blocked by mucus, so food can’t be broken down properly.Cystic fibrosis affects people differently. Around half of all people with cystic fibrosis can expect to live beyond the age of 38 and this is constantly increasing with improvements in treatment.