10 Cystic Fibrosis Symptoms to Look Out for

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Generally speaking, cystic fibrosis is a disease which is diagnosed in newborns and infants, as the onset of symptoms becomes progressively more apparent in a short amount of time.

1 – Salty-Tasting Skin Secretions

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Symptoms to look for in a newborn include salty-tasting skin secretions.

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2 – Inability To Gain Weight

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Symptoms to look for in a newborn include an inability to gain weight, and in fact, the infant may lose weight.

In March, the U.K. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued a draft guidance against recommending Orkambi (lumacaftor-ivacaftor) for treating cystic fibrosis (CF) since its cost is too high for the low benefits it brings.

3 – Slow Growth

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Symptoms to look for in a newborn include slow growth.

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4 – Coughing

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Respiratory symptoms to look for in a newborn may include coughing.

Recently, a study found that individuals carrying the mutated gene for cystic fibrosis (CF) show an increased risk for asthma, in particular, CF carriers from Asian countries. 

5 – Nasal Congestion

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Respiratory symptoms to look for in a newborn may include nasal congestion.

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6 – Pneumonia

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Respiratory symptoms to look for in a newborn may include pneumonia.

Did you know that children and women are faster breathers than men as their breathing rate is higher? Learn other curious facts about the lungs here.

7 – Shortness of Breath

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Respiratory symptoms to look for in a newborn may include shortness of breath.

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8 – Bowel symptoms

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Bowel symptoms include diarrhea, severe constipation creating a stomach ache, bloating and gas, nausea, appetite loss and foul smelling stools.

In March, the U.K. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued a draft guidance against recommending Orkambi (lumacaftor-ivacaftor) for treating cystic fibrosis (CF) since its cost is too high for the low benefits it brings.

9 – Phlegm

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Symptoms to look for in a newborn may include phlegm.

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10 – Fever

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Symptoms to look for in a newborn may include fever.

Did you know that children and women are faster breathers than men as their breathing rate is higher? Learn other curious facts about the lungs here.

*Symptoms that may occur later in life:

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Clubbed fingers, pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) and possible infertility in males (loss of the vas deferens due to mucus build up).

Learn more about the cystic fibrosis symptoms.

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