What is the daily life of a person suffering from cystic fibrosis? Well, the course of this genetic disease can be different for each patient. Likewise, the severity of the symptoms of cystic fibrosis varies widely. On the one hand, cystic fibrosis can attack many organs and systems, and on the other hand, it will be mildly affecting only one selected organ.
This standard and typical course of cystic fibrosis is associated with impaired airway patency, pancreatic insufficiency, and elevated levels of sweat chloride.
The mucus that is produced in cystic fibrosis blocks the airways where bacteria can multiply. This in turn contributes to the development of further infections. Infections, on the other hand, gradually destroy the lungs, which in the long run causes irreversible damage, such as, for example, pulmonary fibrosis.
Infections that attack the paranasal sinuses cause nasal polyps, purulent runny nose and recurring headaches. The ducts of the pancreas are constantly clogged, so digestive enzymes do not reach the intestines, and the body does not absorb valuable nutrients from food.