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How does Pulmozyme treat cystic fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition that affects how mucus and sweat is produced by the body. If you have cystic fibrosis there is a gene that makes your body's mucus thick and sticky, instead of lubricating and moist. The jelly-like mucus builds up in areas of the body making it difficult to breathe and easier for infection to thrive. Cystic fibrosis is most commonly associated with lung issues. However, cystic fibrosis may also cause damage to the liver, sex organs, pancreas, sinuses, and intestinal tract.

Pulmozyme treats cystic fibrosis by mimicking an enzyme that occurs naturally in the body. The enzyme helps your body break down the thickened mucus, making the mucus thinner and making it easier for you to breathe.

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