Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis

Most cases of cystic fibrosis are identified during newborn screening, but a small percentage are not diagnosed until the patients exhibit symptoms later in life.

Symptoms can include:

  • Chronic wheezing or coughing that produces thick, sometimes bloody, mucus
  • Lung collapse
  • Recurrent respiratory infections
  • Clubbed (rounded) fingers and toes
  • Inability to gain weight
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Infertility
  • Arthritis
  • Liver disease
  • Excess gas
  • Rectal prolapse (part of the rectum protrudes through the anus)
  • Bulky, greasy stools
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Salty-tasting skin