1 in 3500 - one of the most common recessive genetic disorders among Caucasians which affects the mucus-producing glands, digestive enzymes, and sweat glands. Cause: The gene that codes for a membrane protein is defective. Effect: Excessive mucus production and digestive and respiratory failure. Cure/Treatment: No cure, Daily cleaning of mucus from the lungs. Mucus - thinning drugs. Pancreatic enzyme supplements.
the most common congenital disease; the child's lungs and intestines and pancreas become clogged with thick mucus; caused by defect in a single gene; no cure is known.