Cystic fibrosis also known as cf or mucoviscidosis is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder affecting most critically the lungs and also the pancreas liver and intestine. Cystic fibrosis also known as mucoviscidosis cf and 65 roses is a condition a person may get from their parents it makes the body make thick sticky mucus which builds up in the lungs the digestive system and other parts of the body if both parents have the cystic fibrosis gene and pass it into their child the child will get cystic fibrosis a cystic fibrosis gene is needed from each parent the parent might not have cystic fibrosis but still might have the gene a person with cystic. Cystic fibrosis can be diagnosed during newborn screening which is carried out as part of the heel prick test that all babies in the uk receive and positive results are followed up using a sweat test if someone has a history of cf in their family a partner with cf or a child with the condition they may choose to get carrier testing to see if they carry the faulty gene that can cause it . Use this site to help explain cystic fibrosis and support them to spread the word by talking with their friends cystic fibrosis affects the entire family so its important to discuss openly with everyone if you have any questions about this or other topics like this your clinic social worker is a great resource for parents with children with cystic fibrosis we have a resource available
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