Gastrointestinal System

• Monitor short- and long-term nutritional status through evaluation of height, weight, and body mass index (BMI). Ideally, parameters should be near the normals for non-CF patients.

• Evaluate the patient's stool patterns. Steatorrhea indicates suboptimal enzyme replacement or noncompliance. Infants should have two to three well-formed stools daily, whereas older children and adults may have one or two stools daily.

• Monitor efficacy of vitamin supplementation through yearly serum vitamin levels. Obtain levels more frequently if an identified deficiency is being treated.

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