Cystic Fibrosis

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetically inherited disease that results in persistent lung infections and gastrointestinal issues that gradually damage many organs. It affects the lungs the most, but also the digestive system, including the pancreas, liver, intestines, and kidneys. CF may also impact the ears, nose and sinuses, sex organs, and the bones and joints.(1,2)

Other condition names

  • CF
  • Mucoviscidosis

Inheritance type

Autosomal recessive


  • Europe: 1-5 in 10,000

Age of Onset

  • All ages

  1. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. About Cystic Fibrosis. Available at Accessed 12/8/2022.

  2. Cystic Fibrosis NZ. What is cystic fibrosis? Available at Accessed 12/8/2022.

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