Cystic fibrosis (musculoskeletal manifestations)

The musculoskeletal manifestations of cystic fibrosis are uncommon compared to the well known respiratory manifestations. 

Symptoms are non-specific and include joint pain, joint swelling, back pain, and myalgia. These may mimic rheumatic symptoms, however, they do not meet the criteria for rheumatoid arthritis or other connective tissue disorders. 

Musculoskeletal manifestations of cystic fibrosis include 1,2:

The severity of the findings increases with the age of the patient as well as the severity of cystic fibrosis

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rID: 51355
Section: Gamuts
Tag: refs, cases
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  • Musculoskeletal manifestations of cystic fibrosis

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  • Case 1: finger clubbing
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  • Case 2: hypertrophic osteoarthropathy
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