Cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disorder that causes damage to the lungs and digestive system. It affects the cells that produce bodily secretions like mucus, sweat and digestive juices, causing them to clog passageways in the body.

What you should know about cystic fibrosis

  • While there is no cure for cystic fibrosis, advancements in treatment continue to improve life expectancy for those who have the disease.
  • Those with CF have a higher than normal amount of salt in their sweat. Other signs and symptoms of CF include a constant cough that produces thick mucus, wheezing, recurrent infections, poor weight gain and constipation.
  • Cystic fibrosis requires constant care and attention, but thanks to advancements in medicine over the past few decades, patients who have CF have a much better quality of life and a longer lifespan.
  • Due to the complexity of this disease, a team of doctors and other medical providers is needed to manage the care.

Why choose Geisinger for your cystic fibrosis care?

  • The pulmonologists at Geisinger are at the forefront of the latest treatments including respiratory therapy, food and nutrition plans, new medications, exercise and other options.
  • Geisinger Medical Center is an accredited center through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Treatment options

Our pulmonologists provide the following treatments for cystic fibrosis:

  • Lifestyle management
  • Medication
  • Nutritional therapies
  • Respiratory therapies

Specialties and institutes

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