Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cystic Fibrosis Treatment

There is no cure for cystic fibrosis. Unfortunately, cystic fibrosis slowly worsens over time. Treatment for cystic fibrosis may include respiratory therapy, medications that loosen bronchial secretions, and bronchodilator medications for wheezing. Antibiotics must be started early for signs of bronchitis or pneumonia. Influenza and pneumonia vaccines help prevent severe symptoms caused by these infections.

Nutritional therapy includes increased fluids, a high fat diet, enzyme supplements, and multivitamin supplements.

Treatment for cystic fibrosis may include:

Cystic Fibrosis GI Problems

Treatment of gastrointestinal disease in those with cystic fibrosis may include:

Cystic Fibrosis Lung Disease

Treatment of lung disease in those with cystic fibrosis may include:

Cystic Fibrosis Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of cystic fibrosis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • Will my children have this condition?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Cystic Fibrosis Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat cystic fibrosis:

Cystic Fibrosis Surgery

Facts about cystic fibrosis:

  • Lung transplantation may be an option for some cystic fibrosis patients who fail to respond to other treatment.
  • Most children who have a lung transplant do not live more than a few years.

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Last Updated: Jun 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Cystic Fibrosis References
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