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How does cystic fibrosis affect my body?

The genetic mutation that results in cystic fibrosis results in extremely thick secretions in the respiratory tract, digestive system and sweat glands. This eventually leads to lung infections, difficulties with digestion and nutrition, among other complications. The abnormal sweat gland secretions may be used to diagnose this disease.

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