A 34-year-old member asked:

For what reasons might the pancreas get blocked by mucus in cystic fibrosis patients?

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Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
Radiology 49 years experience
Thick: The secretions in cystic fibrosis are more viscous (thicker) than normal and interfere with normal drainage resulting in blockages of the bronchial tubes of the lung with resultant pneumonia and lung injury. Similar issues involve the pancreas. Newborns with the disease frequently have difficulty passing their bowel movements.
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