In mucoviscidosis (cystic fibrosis) the formation of various body fluids is disturbed by a genetic defect. Read more.
Mucoviscidosis is caused by a defect in the genetic material. Human genetic information (DNA) is divided into 46 chromosome pairs. Read more.
The symptoms depend on the nature of the defect of the gene (mutation). The focus of complaints is usually the upper respiratory tract, the lungs and the digestive system. Read more.
In the context of a newborn screening, the sweat and blood of the infant are examined. If the enzyme trypsin is increased in the blood, this indicates mucoviscidosis. Read more.
Because the cause, the genetic defect, can’t be remedied, mucoviscidosis is incurable. A number of measures - medication, physiotherapy and nutritional counseling - can alleviate many complaints and reduce the risk of complications. Read more.
Because cystic fibrosis is a hereditary disease, no prevention is possible. Early detection and initiation of treatment is important for a favorable course. Read more.