Atypical Cystic Fibrosis

Atypical cystic fibrosis is one of the basic forms of cystic fibrosis.  Actually,   the disease is a genetic disorder that causes thick and sticky mucus around the vital organs of the body.  It has two basic forms namely, classic and non-classic.  The non-classic type is also known as “atypical cystic fibrosis”.

Individuals suffering from atypical cystic fibrosis do have almost the same symptoms seen in the lives of people suffering from the classical type. The only difference is that the symptoms are usually very mild and reduced.  Here are some of the mild symptoms for atypical cystic fibrosis:

  • Lung infections

People especially children suffering from atypical cystic fibrosis do have mild cases of lung infections.  Oftentimes, the lung infection may not showcase until the child comes up a bit in life.   Other related lung diseases that may come up include pneumonia, coughing, cold and so on.  All of them showcase in a very mild level.


  • Pancreatic Symptoms

People suffering from atypical fibrosis also encounter pancreatic symptoms just like their counterparts suffering from classical cystic fibrosis. The only difference is that the symptoms are very mild under atypical fibrosis.  In most cases, the affected pancreas will still be working. For instance, the pancreas has the function of producing insulin, a hormone that controls the level of blood sugar in the human system.  Under atypical cystic fibrosis, the pancreas   may be mildly attacked.  It will still be producing insulin but the level of production will decrease.  The pancreas also secretes enzymes necessary for digestion.  Under atypical cystic fibrosis, the production of the enzymes is usually decreased.  People suffering from atypical cystic fibrosis may also have mild inflammation of the pancreas as well.


  • Infertility Symptoms  in men

Men suffering atypical cystic fibrosis are likely to   suffer   mild infertility problems.   In most cases, the reproductive system is attacked but not damaged.  Such men involved may still produce sperm but the sperm count will be minimal.  This may not be able to fertilize the female ovary.  Hence, such men will start having infertility problems especially if they are married.


Other mild symptoms that come with atypical cystic fibrosis include:

  • Mild respiratory  problems
  • Delayed growth for  the infants
  • Mild  sinus infections
  • Mild liver infection
  • Traces of diabetes
  • Traces of osteoporosis
  • Salty skin and  sweat


The above are the basic symptoms for atypical cystic fibrosis.  One good thing about them is that they can easily be controlled and treated especially when the doctor discovers them on time.  If they are not treated, they can escalate to higher symptoms found in classical cystic fibrosis.

In most cases, series of tests are carried out in   treating the symptoms.   Just like the classical cystic fibrosis, the atypical cystic fibrosis   cannot be cured.  Doctors can only diagnose the condition to   treat the symptoms involved.   Some of the tests used for the treatment include sweat test, blood test, genetic test and chest x-ray.

Apart from the tests, doctors also counsel the patients involved to take some diets that will ameliorate the conditions they may be having. This goes a long way to helping such individuals in living decent lives. It’s quite possible to suffer from any kind of cystic fibrosis and still live normal life. It’s usually very important to be going for regular checkups when you’re living with the disease as an adult. In the same vein, parents whose kids are suffering from any kind of cystic fibrosis have a duty of taking them to medical centers for checkups on regular basis. This can help a lot in prolonging the lifespan of such children. They will still be able to live normal lives.

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