Cystic Fibrosis Diagnosis And Treatment

Cystic Fibrosis Diagnosis And Treatment



  1. Newborn Screening: Many countries include CF in their routine newborn screening programs.
  2. Sweat Test: Measures the concentration of salt in sweat; elevated levels indicate CF.
  3. Genetic Testing: Identifies mutations in the CFTR gene.



  1. Airway Clearance Techniques: Methods to help clear mucus from the lungs, such as chest physiotherapy or using devices like a high-frequency chest wall oscillation vest.
  2. Inhaled Medications: Bronchodilators, mucus thinners (like DNase), and antibiotics to treat lung infections.
  3. Antibiotics: To treat and prevent lung infections.
  4. Pancreatic Enzyme Supplements: To aid digestion and nutrient absorption.
  5. Nutritional Support: High-calorie diet, vitamins, and sometimes feeding tubes.
  6. CFTR Modulators: Newer drugs that target the underlying defect in the CFTR protein (e.g., ivacaftor, lumacaftor/ivacaftor)
  7. Exercise: Encouraged to help improve lung function and overall health. 


Managing cystic fibrosis in children requires a comprehensive and initiative-taking approach, involving regular medical care, effective treatments, and dedicated support systems. Advances in medical research continue to offer hope for even better outcomes in the future.

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Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: July 3, 2024

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