- Blockages in the lungs and airways
- Problems digesting and absorbing nutrients
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- Parents who are known carriers of the CF gene
- Siblings with CF
- Parents with CF—mostly the mother since men with CF are often sterile
- Difficulty passing the first stool
- Intestinal obstruction, sometimes requiring surgery
- Salty sweat
- Coughing and wheezing
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty with exercise
- Abnormally shaped clubbed finger tips
- Malformed chest
- Trouble gaining weight
- Poor growth
- Failure to thrive
- Bulky, bad-smelling, floating stools, due to poor digestion of fats
- Mildly decreased fertility in females
- Prolapsed rectum
- Prevention of sperm production in males
- Nasal polyps
- Chronic nasal congestion from chronic sinus infections
- Jaundice or other symptoms of liver disease
- Excessive thirst or urination that may indicate diabetes mellitus type 2
- Stomach pain or swelling from intestinal blockage
- Sweat chloride testing
- Transepithelial nasal potential difference measurement
- Improving the amount of nutrition your body receives
- Preventing and treating lung and sinus infections
- Keeping the airways and lungs as clear as possible
- A high-calorie diet planned by a registered dietitian
- Nutritional supplements, including fat-soluble vitamins
- Pancreatic enzyme tablets with meals to improve digestion and absorption of nutrients
- Drinking lots of fluids and salt replacement, especially in hot weather or during illnesses
Managing Lung Infections
- Antibiotics (usually inhaled)
Lung and Airway Support
- Bronchodilators—to relax muscles and open the airway
- Steroid inhalers—to decrease swelling and irritation (only when necessary)
- Mucolytic agents—to reduce mucus and help it move out of the lung
- Hypertonic saline is a special type of salt water. A nebulizer machine creates a mist of this saline, which is inhaled. The mist may help thin out the mucus in the lungs.
- Chest percussion is rhythmic clapping over the chest. They may help clear mucus from airways.
American Lung Association http://www.lungusa.org
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation http://www.cff.org
About Kids Health http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca
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