Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease that is characterized by widespread pulmonary symptoms including shortness of breath and lung infections.  The pancreas is also affected by CF- including pancreatic scarring and cyst formation. 

In males, the vas deferens is often congenitally absent leading to infertility but not sterility.

Symptoms of CF often occurring in postnatal patients include meconium ileus and bowel obstruction.

CF patients often die in their mid-late thirties.  Most CF patients will require a lung transplant during their life.

CF is one of the most commonly inherited life-shortening genetic diseases among caucasian people.