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What body parts are affected?

What body parts are affected?

CF affects the body in many different ways.

Parts of the body that may be affected by CF are:

  • Lungs
  • Pancreas
  • Sinuses
  • Bones
  • Liver
  • Lean Tissue
  • Reproduction 

CF can affect each person very differently. Treatment is aimed at managing symptoms, maintaining lung health, maintaining a healthy weight, optimising body composition, and managing other changes either before they occur or as they occur.

Body parts/systems affected by CF. Permissions to use S Molina, W Hunt, Elsevier

What symptoms do people with CF have?

People with CF can have a range of signs and symptoms, which might happen at different stages in life, though not everyone has all of these symptoms. Some of these include:

  • Increased cough
  • Prolonged, moist (wet) or productive cough or dry cough
  • Increased mucus (sputum) production
  • Frequent chest infections
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux (this can feel like heart burn, or spew burps)
  • Fatigue/tiredness
  • Difficulty to exercise or participate in physical activities
  • Changes in bowel actions
  • Reduced body weight and difficulty building muscle
  • Abnormally salty sweat
  • Bone and joint pain
  • Abnormal blood sugar levels or diabetes
  • Urinary stress incontinence/bladder leakage
  • Altered posture
  • Musculoskeletal pain

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