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A build up of mucus in the lungs, with the 'victim' continuously needing to be hit on the back until the mucus is coughed up, someone with the disease can live a perfectly normal life with a life expectancy of around 50 years.

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Cystic fibrosis can affect individuals in numerous ways. It can cause breathing difficulties, this is because the thick mucus blocks the airways reducing the efficiancy of gas exchange. The mucus can also block the pancreatic ducts, meaning that the pancreatic enzymes can't move into the duodenum and digest food, this produces fibrous cysts. Thirdly the mucus may block sperm ducts and cause infertility. Also, the thick and sticky mucus may trap pathogens, these pathogens may pentrate the epithelial cells and cause infections.

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Cystic fibrosis is a disorder that affects the lungs, pancreas, liver and intestine. It causes frequent lung infections, which is what mostly causes difficulty breathing.

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It causes the cells that secrete mucus in the lung and airways to create a thicker, more viscous mucus that predisposes to greater infection and difficulty breathing.

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The mucus that forms from cystic fibrosis affects the gas exchange in humans. The build up from cystic fibrosis can affect the gas exchange by increasing carbon dioxide and decreasing oxygen.

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