Patient Resource Center

5027 Harrison Avenue Rockford, IL 61108 Referrals: 815-227-0202 Retail Store: 815-965-9454 Toll Free: 800-747-6994 Fax: 815-227-9807

5027 Harrison Avenue Rockford, IL 61108

815-227-0202 Referrals | 815-965-9454 Retail Store

800-747-6994 Toll Free | 815-227-9807 Fax

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Health Issues

Cystic Fibrosis Treatment and Care

An early diagnosis of CF and a comprehensive treatment plan can improve both survival and quality of life. Specialty clinics for cystic fibrosis may be helpful and can be found in many communities.

Treatment for lung problems includes:

  • Antibiotics to prevent and treat lung and sinus infections
  • Inhaled medicines to help open the airways
  • DNAse enzyme replacement therapy to thin mucus and make it easier to cough up
  • Lung transplant, in some cases

Treatment for intestinal and nutritional problems may include:

  • A special diet to help with nutrition (see: Cystic fibrosis nutritional considerations)
  • Pancreatic enzymes to replace those that are missing
  • Vitamin supplements, especially vitamins A, D, E, and K

The most common complications are chronic respiratory infections.

  • Coughing up blood
  • Chronic respiratory failure
  • Cor pulmonale
  • Diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • Malnutrition
  • Osteoporosis and arthritis
  • Pneumonia, recurrent
  • Pneumothorax