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Pancreas in cystic fibrosis. Light micrograph of a section through the pancreas from a person affected by cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition in which the lungs and digestive system become clogged with thick sticky mucus. Intestinal blockage is especially common in newborns with cystic fibrosis. A distended, or swollen, abdomen is the result of severe constipation and can lead to perforation.
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