How does CF af­fect the re­pro­duc­tive sys­tem?

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Most males with CF have ob­struc­tion of the sperm canal known as con­gen­i­tal bi­lat­eral ab­sence of the vas def­er­ens (CBAVD). This re­sults from the ab­nor­mal elec­trolyte trans­port sys­tem in the cells, caus­ing the se­cre­tions to be­come thick and lead to an ob­struc­tion and in­fer­til­ity. Women also have an in­crease in thick cer­vi­cal mu­cus that may lead to a de­crease in fer­til­ity, al­though many women with CF have chil­dren.

What are the symp­toms of cys­tic fi­bro­sis?

Symp­toms for cys­tic fi­bro­sis may in­clude: • Ab­nor­mal­i­ties in the glands that

pro­duce sweat and mu­cus • This may cause a loss of salt. A loss of salt may cause an up­set in the bal­ance of min­er­als in the blood, ab­nor­mal heart rhythms, and, pos­si­bly, shock. • Thick mu­cus that ac­cu­mu­lates in the lungs and in­testines • This may cause mal­nu­tri­tion, poor growth, fre­quent res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tions, breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, and/or lung dis­ease. • Other med­i­cal prob­lems, such as: • Si­nusi­tis • Nasal polyps • Club­bing of fin­gers and toes--a con­di­tion marked by the ends of the fin­gers and toes be­come en­larged; more preva­lent in the fin­gers. • Pneu­moth­o­rax--the pres­ence of air or gas in the

pleu­ral cav­ity caus­ing the lung to col­lapse. • Hemop­t­y­sis--cough­ing blood. • Cor pul­monale--en­large­ment of right side of heart. • Ab­dom­i­nal pain • Gas in the in­testines • Rec­tal pro­lapse • Liver dis­ease • Di­a­betes • Pan­cre­ati­tis • Gall­stones • Con­gen­i­tal bi­lat­eral ab­sence of the

vas def­er­ens (CBAVD) in males The symp­toms of CF dif­fer for each per­son. In­fants born with CF usu­ally show symp­toms by age two. Some chil­dren may not show symp­toms un­til later in life. When in­fants have the fol­low­ing sus­pi­cious signs of CF, they should be tested for the dis­ease: • Di­ar­rhea that does not go away • Foul-smelling stools • Greasy stools • Fre­quent episodes of wheez­ing • Fre­quent episodes of pneu­mo­nia

or other lung in­fec­tions • Per­sis­tent cough • Skin tastes like salt • Poor growth de­spite a good ap­petite The symp­toms of cys­tic fi­bro­sis may re­sem­ble other con­di­tions or med­i­cal prob­lems. There­fore it’s al­ways best to con­sult a physi­cian for a di­ag­no­sis to be sure.

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