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Pediatric Pulmonology - cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a complicated illness that requires expert care. Marshfield Clinic's Pulmonologists are experts in treatment options for cystic fibrosis.

Below is some information that will help you understand more about cystic fibrosis.  

What is cystic fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease. It attacks the lungs and other vital areas of a child's body. It is a chronic, progressive disease, but improved treatments have significantly extended life expectancy.

What are the symptoms of cystic fibrosis?

Many children today are diagnosed with cystic fibrosis before they have any symptoms. This is because of an increase in newborn screening programs. The condition attacks numerous parts of the body, but especially the lungs which tend to fill with thick mucus.

When your child has cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a serious, chronic, inherited disorder. It can range from mild to severe. It is caused by a defect that leads to an imbalance in the flow of water and salt into and out of cells. Doctors usually diagnose this disease during the first two months of a child's life.

Diagnosis of cystic fibrosis

How is cystic fibrosis diagnosed? Newborns are screened, however a positive result does not always mean the child has the disease. In addition to a complete medical history and physical exam, diagnostic procedures for cystic fibrosis may include a series of tests.

Treatment for cystic fibrosis

Treatment for cystic fibrosis (CF) will be determined by your child's doctor based on:

  • Your child's age, overall health, and medical history
  • Extent of the disease (body systems affected)
  • Your child's tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
  • Your opinion or preference​​​
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