Abdominal pain is a common symptom in individuals with cystic fibrosis (CF). As prognosis has improved, CF has changed from a pediatric disease to the current situation wherein most people with CF are adults. With improved survival, the spectrum of pathologies causing abdominal pain in CF has shifted. Despite this, there have been relatively few previous publications focusing on gastrointestinal disease in CF adults. The aim of this review was to examine the characteristics, differential diagnosis, investigation, and optimal management of adults with CF presenting with abdominal pain.
aWest Midlands Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham
bLeicester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, UK
cToronto Adult CF Clinic, St Michael’s Hospital
dDepartment of Pediatrics, The Research Institute, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Correspondence to Edward F. Nash, MRCP(UK), West Midlands Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Bordesley Green East, Birmingham, B9 5SS, UK Tel: +44 121 424 1669; fax: +44 121 424 1661; e-mail: email@example.com
Received June 9, 2013
Accepted September 17, 2013