Cystic fibrosis history and symptoms

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Most common symptoms in cystic fibrosis include salty sweat, constant coughing, diarrhea or greasy stools, stomach pain, constipation and poor weight gain. Less common symptoms include nasal polyp, hemoptysis, and skin irritation.

History and Symptoms


History should be focused on specific areas, including:[1][2]

  • Salty sweat
  • Diarrhea or bulky, foul smelling, and greasy stool
  • Abdominal pain and discomfort
  • Fatigue
  • Family history of cystic fibrosis

Common symptoms

Common symptoms in cystic fibrosis include:[1][2]

Less common symptoms

Less common symptoms in cystic fibrosis include:[1][3][4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Cystic Fibrosis - National Library of Medicine - PubMed Health".
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tabori H, Arnold C, Jaudszus A, Mentzel HJ, Renz DM, Reinsch S, Lorenz M, Michl R, Gerber A, Lehmann T, Mainz JG (2017). "Abdominal symptoms in cystic fibrosis and their relation to genotype, history, clinical and laboratory findings". PLoS ONE. 12 (5): e0174463. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0174463. PMC 5417419. PMID 28472055.
  3. Sabharwal S (January 2016). "Gastrointestinal Manifestations of Cystic Fibrosis". Gastroenterol Hepatol (N Y). 12 (1): 43–7. PMC 4865785. PMID 27330503.
  4. Dowaikh H, Morfin-Sherpa F, Reix P (October 2017). "Acute chest pain in an adolescent with cystic fibrosis in September: Would you have thought about this?". Pediatr. Pulmonol. 52 (10): E70–E72. doi:10.1002/ppul.23746. PMID 28564496.

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