Overview of Clinical Characteristics

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Overview of Clinical Characteristics

CF is characterized by viscous secretions affecting the lungs, pancreas, sweat glands, small intestines, liver, and reproductive system. Most CF patients demonstrate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pancreatic insufficiency, and elevated sweat electrolytes. CF is also associated with male infertility.

4. NIH. "Cystic Fibrosis Symptoms." National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. March 2022, https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/cystic-fibrosis/symptoms