Cystic Fibrosis

This site has been designed to give you information about Canterbury Adult Cystic Fibrosis Services. There is also lots of information about CF, CF issues, and links to other useful websites. 

If there is anything you can’t find and would like to know please email us and ask.

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

  • Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited condition that affects more than 500 people in New Zealand.

  • The CF gene is carried by 1 in 25 New Zealanders.

  • Having one CF gene alone does not cause any disease. In order to have CF a person must inherit a CF gene from both parents.

  • Most people with CF are diagnosed as babies, however some people with a milder form of the disease may not be diagnosed until they are older, or even as adults.

What are the effects of CF? 

  • CF affects different parts of the body, but mainly the lungs and pancreas, clogging them with thick sticky mucus.

  • In the lungs the sticky mucus is an ideal place for bacteria to live. The bacteria can then cause repeated chest infections which damage the lungs

  • In the pancreas, the mucus blocks the tubes that release enzymes used to digest food in the gut. This can make it difficult for people with CF to put on weight and get good nutrition from their food.

Treatment is aimed at reducing the impact of CF on the body by treating chest infections, chest physiotherapy to help people cough up the mucus in their lungs, exercise to keep fit, and nutritional advice and support to keep as healthy as possible.

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Page last reviewed: 02 September 2014