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5 Facts you should know about

Cystic fibrosis

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The name "cystic fibrosis" refers to the characteristic fibrosis and cysts that form within the pancreas

2

All 50 states and the District of Columbia now screen for cystic fibrosis

3

Viscous secretions and persistent respiratory infections repeatedly damage the lung by gradually remodeling the airways, which makes infection even more difficult to eradicate

4

In the initial stage, common bacteria such as S. aureus and H. influenzae colonize and infect the lungs, but eventually, Pseudomonas aeruginosa dominates

5

It is most common among people of Northern European ancestry

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