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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 are articles 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. (More…)

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. (More…)

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. (More…)

Diagnosis of cystic fibrosis

How is cystic fibrosis diagnosed? In addition to a complete medical history and physical exam, diagnostic procedures for cystic fibrosis may include a series of tests. (More…)

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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What Do You Know About Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease that mostly affects the respiratory and digestive systems. About 30,000 children and young adults in the U.S. have CF. Most of them are descendants of people from northern Europe. Find out more about CF by taking this quiz.

1. CF mainly affects which body system?
2. How many Americans are carriers of the abnormal CF gene?
3. Which symptom in an infant or young child might mean CF?
4. What happens to the mucus glands in a child with CF?
5. How is the digestive system affected by extra mucus in CF?
6. How is CF diagnosed?
7. Currently, no effective medicine is available to cure CF. But doctors can prescribe medicines that help slow the progression of the disease. Which of these types of medicine can do this?
8. A defect in a gene that makes the protein cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator is the cause of CF. According to recent research, this problem causes an imbalance of which key substance in the body?
9. CF is an inherited, disease. How is CF passed down through families?