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cystic fibrosis

A recessive genetic disease in which the exocrine glands of afflicted individuals produce abnormally thick mucus which block the intestines and lung passageways and produce scarring and lesions in the lungs and pancreas. People with the disease have a very hard time breathing and often die from suffocation. CF patients used to die in childhood, but with the advent of modern treatments, patients now live an average of 21-25 years.

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