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Can cystic fibrosis affect both respiratory and digestive system?

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Dr. Rishi Kumar
Dr. Rishi Kumaranswered
Anesthesiology 9 years experience
Absolutely: The thicker mucous secretions inherent to cystic fibrosis (CF) can cause a relative obstruction in clearing the airway tree of particulate matter/germs. Similarly, these secretions can obstruct the passage of pancreatic enzymes into the intestine leading to mal-digestion.
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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 18 years experience
The initial presentation of cystic fibrosis used to be the gastrointestinal system.
Jan 22, 2012
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: It generally does affect both the mucus in the airways, the pancreas, and the gut. Chronic airway infection leading to lung failure, pancreatic problems leading to pancreatic insufficiency, and chronic constipation are very common problems in patients with cf. Treatment mitigates (but does not eliminate) the consequences of the disease for most, although for c. 5% a direct treatment exists.
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Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 31 years experience
Yes: Cystic fibrosis causes both lung and digestive issues, particularly with the pancreas.
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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 37 years experience
CF multiple organs: CF can affect the lining of the nasal and sinus passages, the lung, intestinal absorption, pancreas, and reproductive systems. I hope this helps.
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