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Cystic Fibrosis

Dr. Peter Holzwarth is Northeast Wisconsin's only pediatric cystic fibrosis specialist. He provides advanced care that means a healthier, more fulfilling life for many young people. Dr. Holzwarth's services include diagnosis and treatment of cystic fibrosis in children.

What is cystic fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease of the glands that make mucus and sweat. It mainly affects the lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, sinuses, and sex organs. If you have cystic fibrosis, your mucus becomes thick and sticky, and it builds up in your lungs and blocks your airways. The buildup of mucus makes it easy for bacteria to grow. This leads to repeated, serious lung infections. Over time, these infections can severely damage your lungs.

Cystic fibrosis also causes vitamin deficiency, malnutrition, bulky stools, intestinal gas, a swollen belly from severe constipation, and pain or discomfort. In addition, it upsets the balance of minerals in your blood and can cause dehydration, increased heart rate, fatigue, weakness, decreased blood pressure and heat stroke.

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