Cystic Fibrosis Information

What is it?

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic condition where there is an abnormality of the mucous glands, therefore causing a thickening of the mucus – this causes a build-up in the lungs and other organs creating blockage of the airways and impairing breathing. People with CF need to undergo constant treatment in order to remove the excess mucus from their lungs. The stress placed on the lungs results in irreversible damage and regular infections. 1 in 25 Australians carry the CF gene.

What causes it?

CF is acquired genetically; this means that an individual inherits the condition through at least one of their parents who carries the CF gene.

What are we doing about it?

The Institute for Respiratory Health’s research programs explore new ways to prevent, and better understand cystic fibrosis and improve its diagnosis and management.

Other information can be found at Cystic Fibrosis Federation AustraliaWoolcock Institute of Respiratory and Sleep Research and Healthdirect Australia.