Cystic fibrosis (head and neck manifestations)

Last revised by Frank Gaillard on 1 May 2022

The head and neck manifestations of cystic fibrosis are common compared to the well-known respiratory manifestations. 

For general discussion of cystic fibrosis, and a discussion of its other manifestations, please refer to:

Clinical presentation

Symptoms are not specific for cystic fibrosis and include nasal obstruction, rhinorrhea and sinusitis. These symptoms, however, may be the first presentation of the disease.


Head and neck manifestations of cystic fibrosis include 1:

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