What is cystic fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis is a rare genetic condition in which certain glands produce abnormally thick mucus. This mucus can cause problems in digestion, breathing, and body cooling. There are over 1900 known mutations that can cause CF. Treatments may include specific drugs and lifestyle changes.

How do members experience cystic fibrosis?

Top 5 symptoms reported by people with cystic fibrosis*

*Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.

Top treatments taken by people for cystic fibrosis*

Who has cystic fibrosis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age Proportion # of patients
<20 100
20s 255
30s 354
40s 230
50s 156
60s 69
70+ 18

Distribution of sex


Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 368
Female 807