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Esophagus Liver Stomach Pancreas Large Intestine Small Intestine 55 How CF Affects the Body Other exocrine glands in the walls of the intestines make mucus to lubricate the digestive tract. This makes it easier for food and waste material to pass through the intestines. The Problem For most people with CF, the exocrine glands in the pancreas make such thick secretions that the digestive enzymes are not able to get through the pancreatic ducts and do not reach the small intestine. Pancreas Small Intestine Enzymes Pancreatic Duct Mucus Plug Digestive enzymes are blocked from entering the small intestine by a plug of thick and sticky mucus.

Which of these symptoms occur when there is a pulmonary exacerbation? a. Tiredness b. Weight loss and/or poor appetite c. More coughing and/or wheezing d. More mucus (sputum/ phlegm) e. All of the above symptoms 5. The purpose of airway clearance techniques (ACTs) in CF is to: a. Clear the airways b. Prevent spread of CF to others c. Loosen the mucus so it can be coughed out of the lungs d. Wash out the lungs and cure CF 6. The purpose of inhaled medications in CF is to: a. Treat lung infections b.

Food is churned in the stomach and prepared for further digestion. Then, it moves to the small intestine. The pancreas makes enzymes to help digest fat and other foods. These enzymes come through the pancreatic duct into the small intestine to help digest food. Most nutrients are absorbed in the small intestine. What remains of the food then passes through the large intestine, where water, vitamins and minerals are absorbed. Esophagus Liver Stomach Pancreas Large Intestine Small Intestine 55 How CF Affects the Body Other exocrine glands in the walls of the intestines make mucus to lubricate the digestive tract.

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