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Many people who have
cystic fibrosis have low bone mineral density, because
they have problems absorbing
vitamin D and
calcium, which are necessary for strong and healthy
bones. Low bone mineral density can make a person who has cystic fibrosis more
likely to have bone fractures or to develop
osteoporosis in adulthood.
dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) tests can check the
density and strength of your bones.
Spending small amounts of time in the sun,
exercising, taking vitamins, and eating nutritious foods can help prevent bone
People who have cystic fibrosis may also have painful
or swollen joints (arthralgia or
arthritis) from time to time. Often these joint
problems do not last more than a week and any pain can usually be treated with
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as
June 15, 2011
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Susanna McColley, MD - Pediatric Pulmonology
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