Understanding Adult Cystic Fibrosis and Bronchiectasis
Not all people with cystic fibrosis have bronchiectasis and not all people with bronchiectasis have cystic fibrosis.
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that damages the lungs and digestive system. Although the disease is usually diagnosed in infancy or childhood, adults may be newly diagnosed as well.
Consequences of the disease include recurrent respiratory infections due to accumulation of sticky, infected mucus in the airways and nutrional problems related to poor absorption. Diabetes is also a common consequence.
Adults with cystic fibrosis can find more information by visiting Information for Adults with CF.
What is Bronchiectasis?
When mucus blockage builds it will stretch and widen the airways to your lungs. This creates an enviornment for bacteria to grow causing an infection. Bronchiectasis develops at any age and can be related to a brith defect, like cystic fibrosis, injury or other disease like tuberculosis or pneumonia.