Human Diseases and Conditions

Genetic Diseases or Conditions: Cystic Fibrosis, The Salty Kiss

Genetic Diseases or Conditions
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Todd T. Eckdahl

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is one of the most common genetic diseases, affecting about 70,000 people throughout the world, with over 1,000 new cases diagnosed each year. This book describes the symptoms of CF including lung disease, digestive problems, pancreatic insufficiency, liver disease, intestinal obstruction, and infertility. It explains how CF is caused by mutations in the CFTR gene encoding a protein ion channel that maintains the balance of salt and water in the lungs and other organs.

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