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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE CYSTIC FIBROSIS DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is cystic fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that causes various body secretions to become thicker than they are normally, resulting in abnormal function in several different organs, but especially the lungs. CF is inherited with what’s called autosomal recessive genetics, meaning that to have the disease a person must receive a defective gene from each of their parents. In the case of CF, the defective gene is a mutated copy of the gene that encodes a protein called cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR). In the past, people with CF generally did not survive to adulthood, but improved treatment and management over the past few decades has increased lifespans, such that an increasing number of women with CF have achieved pregnancy and motherhood.


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