McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

Ten Interesting Facts about Cystic Fibrosis

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This video presents 10 facts about cystic fibrosis that answer the following questions:

  1. What is Cystic fibrosis?
  2. How do you get it?
  3. What are the symptoms?
  4. What treatments are available?
  5. What are the statistics and life expectancy for cystic fibrosis patients?

— Video by Cayla Lenfesty, Tiffany Sun, Victoria Claggett and Khaled Nawar


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  • Andersen, D. H. (1938). Cystic fibrosis of the pancreas and its relation to celiac disease: a clinical and pathologic study. American Journal of Diseases of Children, 56(2), 344-399.
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