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10 Things You Didn't Know About Cystic Fibrosis

CF is one of the most common genetic disorders

CF is one of the most common genetic disorders among Caucasian Americans and Canadians.

CF is one of the most common Genetic Disorders among Caucasian Americans, and Canadians, though over the years it has become far more detectable. CF is usually caught early, as a newborn or infant. The symptoms of CF in infants are slightly different from the symptoms we see in adults. The symptoms can include an intestinal blockage, very sweaty/salty skin, diarrhea, not growing sufficiently, and respiratory problems. Other, less common symptoms include; clubbing (also known as the rounding or flattening of the fingers), rectal prolapse (when part of the rectum protrudes from the anus), and polyps (growths) in the nose or sinuses. CF is also a known cause of infertility among adults attempting to conceive. Due to the severity of the illness there are far less common cases where a lung transplant has been necessary, however this is unlikely as it is a very long and extensive process.