Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a progressive disorder that causes the body to produce an abnormally thick, sticky mucus which is present in the lungs and digestive system. There are a variety of symptoms including frequent respiratory infections, poor weight gain, and progressive lung damage. Treatment of CF depends upon the stage of the disease and the organs involved. The condition is life shortening. The average age of death is in the early 30’s. Although CF is no more common among Ashkenazi Jews than it is among other caucasians, it is one of the most common genetic disorders among Jews and non-Jews alike.
|One in every 3,200 live Caucasian births.
|Approximately 1 in 25 in Caucasians and similar frequency in those of Jewish ancestry.
|By measuring amount of salt in sweat (“sweat test”) or by testing the CF gene.
|Available by testing the CF gene.
|Available by testing the CF gene
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