When developing a plan of care for a patient with cystic fibrosis, which of the following characteristics of the condition must the nurse keep in mind?
•Cystic fibrosis is characterized by the abnormal transport of chloride and sodium across the epithelium. This leads to thick, viscous secretions.
•Exocrine glands become obstructed due to the inability of the thick secretions to move. Cystic fibrosis affects the exocrine glands of the pancreas, lungs, liver, and intestines.
•Cystic fibrosis is actually hereditary. It is an autosomal recessive disorder.
•Sweat contains an elevated level of sodium due to abnormal chloride and sodium transport.