Constipation with cystic fibrosis CF (1305)

Key points below

Constipation is a common problem in people with cystic fibrosis.  Constipation is when:

What causes it?

Constipation can be caused by:

What are the common symptoms?

How is it diagnosed?

You’ll be asked about your symptoms, diet, health, and daily routine.  An x-ray may be done before treatment is started.  A second x-ray may be needed to make sure the constipation has improved after treatment.

How is it treated?

The care provider can talk to you about treatment options.  Your child may need to: 

Cystic Fibrosis Center         
Children’s Wisconsin            

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Call your CF team if you have any concerns or if your child:

  • Has no stool or very little stool for 24 hours.
  • Is throwing up.
  • Has constipation that is getting worse.
  • Has severe cramps.
  • Has special health care needs not covered by this information.