What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Mucoviscidosis (cystic fibrosis) is a systemic hereditary disease caused by the mutation of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. The disease is characterized by severe dysfunction of respiratory organs and the gastrointestinal tract in parallel with impairment of excretory glands. CF patients are not contagious and their intelligence and other cognitive faculties are not impaired by the disease. Timely diagnostics and adequate treatment can often lead to a productive and long life for the patient.