MODEL RELEASED. Nurse flushing the line of a port implanted in a seven year old cystic fibrosis patient's chest. This port is used to administer drugs and fluids, give nutritional support, and take blood samples. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a hereditary disease affecting the lungs, sweat glands and digestive system. Both the lungs and pancreas produce abnormally thick mucus. The mucus in the lungs encourages bacterial growth, leading to severe respiratory infections. The mucus in the pancreas blocks the release of digestive enzymes, resulting in malabsorption.
July 24th, 2016
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