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    Understanding Cystic Fibrosis -- Symptoms

    What Are the Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis?

    The symptoms of cystic fibrosis vary. Some children will have symptoms at birth, while others may not have symptoms for weeks, months, or even years.

    The severity of symptoms also varies, with some children showing only mild digestive and lung problems and others having severe food-absorption problems and life-threatening breathing complications.

    Understanding Cystic Fibrosis

    Find out more about cystic fibrosis:

    Basics

    Symptoms

    Diagnosis and Treatment

    The most common symptoms of cystic fibrosis are:

    Over time, the symptoms of cystic fibrosis can worsen and may include:

    Call Your Doctor About Cystic Fibrosis If:

    • You are pregnant or planning to become pregnant and either you or the other parent has a family history of cystic fibrosis.
    • Your child tastes very salty when you kiss him or her.
    • Your child has had frequent lung or sinus infections and has problems gaining or maintaining weight.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on March 01, 2015

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