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What are the complications of cystic fibrosis?

Lung problems are the main complications and the major cause of death in people with cystic fibrosis. These include coughing up blood, collapsed lung (pneumothorax), nasal polyps, sinusitis and respiratory failure. Complications of the digestive system are also observed and include pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), gallstones, heartburn and bowel obstruction. Other complications can include diabetes, bone and joint problems such as arthritis and osteoporosis, incontinence, infertility and liver damage.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Bronchitis


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