What are the possible physical findings of cystic fibrosis (CF)?

Updated: Oct 22, 2019
  • Author: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP; Chief Editor: Kenan Haver, MD  more...
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Physical signs depend on the degree of involvement of various organs and the progression of disease, as follows:

  • Nose – Rhinitis, nasal polyps

  • Pulmonary system – Tachypnea, respiratory distress with retractions, wheeze or crackles, cough (dry or productive of mucoid or purulent sputum), increased anteroposterior chest diameter, clubbing, cyanosis, hyperresonant chest on percussion

  • GI tract – Abdominal distention, hepatosplenomegaly, rectal prolapse, dry skin, cheilosis

See Clinical Presentation for more detail.


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