Mucus contributes to early small airways obstruction
The animations illustrate the airflow in a small airway vessel during inspiration (widening) and expiration (narrowing) under healthy and cystic fibrosis conditions. In a healthy small airway vessel, the laminar airflow passes smoothly alongside the mucosal folds. In cystic fibrosis, however, the thickening of the mucosa and the presence of sputum in the vessel lumen (patches) cause increased resistance and air turbulence. By using a stethoscope, this air turbulence can be heard as a crackling and wheezing sound.
Airflow through a small airway of a healthy person
Airflow through a small airway in a cystic fibrosis patient
About cystic fibrosis and its treatment options
This video explains the pathophysiology and current treatment options of cystic fibrosis in plain language that can be understood by younger patients. It can help in the communication with patients and their caregivers so that they better understand the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis and learn more about the available treatment options.
Practical tips on living with cystic fibrosis, Cystic fibrosis foundation (CFF)
Watch this video series providing solutions for difficult life situations, such as school transitions, which people with cystic fibrosis and their families are confronted with.
Cystic fibrosis and how to live with it explained for children
"Getting nosey about CF" is all about Oli explaining to Nush what cystic fibrosis and how he lives with it. This short animated video, supported by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, is intended to help children to better understand the disease and how it affects their daily lives.