Is cystic fibrosis because of mucus?

Kind of... Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease. Patients with the disease are born with a defective gene that is part of the body's system for making mucus, sweat, and digestive fluids. Their mucus is therefore abnormally thick and causes blockages in the lungs, pancreas and other organs that damage them and make them prone to infections and other problems.

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How can chloride ions affect water transport and mucus buildup in cystic fibrosis?

Altered cell functio. Simple chemistry-water moves along with salt movement. Fundamental defect in epithelial cell (lining cell of airway) of CF patient is an inability to secrete salt (chloride) to airway lumen and secondarily to secrete water in the presence of excessive salt and water reabsortion. The end result is dessication of respiratory secretion, and this dry thickened mucus is hard to expectorate. Read more...

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

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. Read more...

I have cystic fibrosis and am having trouble conceiving a baby due to thick cervical mucus. Any help?

See a fertility spec. I'd recommend seeing a fertility specialist. You may not be able to conceive normally (although she may have tricks i don't know about), but modern conception techniques can be very helpful. Of course, keep your CF center in the loop, as you'll need help quite a bit when you are pregnant. Use online forums to talk to other women with CF who have had children, so you know what is coming. Luck! Read more...
See fertility doctor. Please see a fertility specialist without delay. I've treated quite a few women with cf, generally outcomes are good. Read more...

I have very thick mucus from my lungs, nose, and even vagina (>1yr) Is it possible to have cystic fibrosis and not be diagnosed until adulthood?

Possible. If you have significant concerns about persistent lung congestion and excessive mucus production, frequent sinus infections, consult a pulmonologist for testing and advice. Mild or atypical cases of cystic fibrosis may not be diagnosed until adulthood. Read more...
Yes, rarely. Most cystic fibrosis pts are diagnosed in childhood, but some patients with milder forms of the disease don't get diagnosed until early adulthood. Usually respiratory complaints or COPD (a type of chronic lung disease) in nonsmokers are the "triggers" that lead to testing. A sweat chloride or sodium test will usually make the diagnosis (confirmed by CFTR gene analysis). TTYD or use HealthTap Prime. Read more...
Mild form possible. It is possible that a mild form of cystic fibrosis may not be detected till adulthood. The test is a relatively simple sweat test. Wish you good health. Read more...