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Cystic Fibrosis (Mucoviscidosis)


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VL is a 15-year-old white male with cystic fibrosis. This disease has affected both his lungs and his pancreas. The mucus secreted by the epithelial cells of the airways and the exocrine pancreas is abnormally thick and tends to precipitate, forming dense plugs that obstruct bronchi, bronchioles, pancreatic ducts, and bile ducts. He was experiencing an exacerbation of symptoms including steatorrhea, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. His physician increased his dosage of Pancrease®. (Cystic fibrosis is also discussed in Respiratory System.) Continue Reading >


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