Did you know that your version of Internet Explorer is out of date? To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend downloading one of the browsers below. Internet Explorer 10 , Firefox , Chrome , or Safari. While the majority of new cystic fibrosis CF diagnoses are detected very early in life via newborn screening available in most provinces , there is a small percentage of children, adolescents and adults who are identified at various ages and stages. A late diagnosis is defined as an individual above the age of 18 years who is found to have cystic fibrosis. Currently Canada has approximately 18 1 late diagnoses of cystic fibrosis per year.
A year-old Caucasian woman was hospitalized because of progressively worsening midepigastric abdominal pain for 5 days. The pain, which was insidious in onset, was described as constant, nonradiating, nonpositional, and exacerbated by eating and drinking. She also had fever, chills, night sweats, nausea, and nonbilious vomiting for 1 day. She denied biliary colic, jaundice, scleral icterus, abdominal distention, hematemesis, melena, hematochezia, diarrhea, menorrhagia, or metromenorrhagia. She had had recurrent streptococcal and Pseudomonas sp.
Jump to content. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disorder that causes mucus in the body to become thick and sticky. This glue-like mucus builds up and causes problems in many of the body's organs, especially the lungs, which can lead to infections, and the pancreas, making it difficult to properly digest food.