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April 1959

Cystic Fibrosis of the Pancreas in a Young Adult

Author Affiliations

Iowa City

From the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, State University of Iowa College of Medicine. Now with the American Academy of Pediatrics (present address: 1801 Hinman Ave., Evanston, Ill.), formerly Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Dr. Frazier); Resident in Internal Medicine (Dr. Rowe).

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;103(4):607-612. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270040093012

Cystic fibrosis of the pancreas is a hereditary disorder giving rise to symptoms in infancy and childhood in the great majority of cases. A recent review of a series of 397 patients seen in the past 17 years reported that less than 9% were above the age of 10 years.1 The oldest patient being followed in the series was 22 years of age. It is well known that the severity of the pulmonary involvement in the disease is commonly responsible for death, which usually occurs in early childhood. Despite this, several reports attest to the fact that an occasional child with cystic fibrosis of the pancreas may live to become a young adult with the aid of intensive therapy.2-4 There are only a few reports of isolated cases in which the disease was first diagnosed in late adolescence or early adult years.5,6 The present case of a