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CF Fact or Fiction

How much do you know about cystic fibrosis (CF) progression?

Put your knowledge to the test with CF Fact or Fiction.

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Fiction!

If someone has a mutation in one of their CFTR genes, it means they’ll have CF.

Here's the truth: In order for someone to have CF, they must have a mutation in both of their CFTR genes. Learn More >

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2
Fiction!

Pancreatic sufficiency means there is no damage in the pancreas.

Here’s the truth: even people who are pancreatic sufficient can experience pancreatic damage and may be at risk for pancreatitis. Learn More >

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3
Fact.

Some people with CF will develop hearing loss over time.

Hearing loss is common in people with CF who have been exposed to certain medications for an extended period of time. Learn More >

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4
Fiction!

Children with CF don’t experience liver damage until they’re older.

Here's the truth: care teams regularly monitor liver function in people with CF to check for CF progression in the liver. Learn More >

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5
Fiction!

CF is only a disease of the lungs.

Here's the truth: CF affects many different systems of the body. Learn More >

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6
Fiction!

Having high lung function means that CF is not progressing.

Here's the truth: Lung function tests don't always detect early lung damage, so lung damage may be present even when lung function is high. Learn More >

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Fiction!

Permanent lung damage in CF begins in early adulthood.

Here's the truth: Permanent lung damage can also happen in children with CF. Learn More >

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8
Fact.

Scarring causes CF to progress throughout the body.

Scarring in different organs causes them to lose function over time. Learn More >

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9
Fiction!

CFRD and cirrhosis are serious, but not life-threatening complications of CF.

Here's the truth: CFRD and cirrhosis can be life-threatening, so people with CF are tested regularly for these conditions. Learn More >

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10
Fact.

Some effects of CF may have no symptoms.

Many effects of CF are silent at first. For example, lung damage may be occurring before it can be detected by some tests, and many conditions in the digestive system do not have noticeable symptoms early on. Learn More >

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Fact.

Lung function decline happens to everyone, even people who don’t have CF.

Losing lung function is a natural part of aging for everyone. But it happens more quickly in someone with CF. Learn More >

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12
Fact.

Other tests besides FEV1 can be used in order to detect early lung damage.

Because FEV1 doesn't always find progression when it begins, healthcare providers may also look to other tests to assess lung function. Learn More >

FACT or FICTION

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