Cystic fibrosis

Description

In mucoviscidosis (cystic fibrosis) the formation of various body fluids is disturbed by a genetic defect. Read more.

Causes

Mucoviscidosis is caused by a defect in the genetic material. Human genetic information (DNA) is divided into 46 chromosome pairs. Read more.

Symptoms

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.

Diagnosis

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.

Treatment & therapy

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.

Prevention & prognosis

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.