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Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes thick mucus to build up in various part of the body, including the lungs and pancreas. The mucus blocks airways, causes lung damage and leaves you susceptible to bacterial infections.

Cystic fibrosis is most often discovered in infants, though sometimes there are no signs of the disease until children are older. Children with cystic fibrosis will show signs such as frequent wheezing and coughing, poor growth, greasy stools or diarrhea and common lung infections.

If children show these symptoms, physicians will use tests such as chest X-rays, pulmonary function tests and mucus cultures to diagnose the condition. Managing cystic fibrosis is difficult and requires a comprehensive treatment plan.

Cystic fibrosis has no cure, but treatments are improving every day. Physical therapy, medication to reduce mucus, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications all assist in reducing the symptoms. In addition to seeing a pulmonologist, you may also need to see a gastroenterologist to control and improve digestive problems.

IU Health Pulmonology & Respiratory Care at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis is one of only four accredited cystic fibrosis care centers in the state of Indiana and ranked by U.S.News & World Report as one of the best hospitals for lung care in the nation. Our physicians conduct cystic fibrosis studies that give you access to the latest clinical trials and advanced treatments. Our pulmonologists provide high quality, comprehensive care that addresses the many facets of cystic fibrosis and assists you in managing symptoms so you can lead an active lifestyle.

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Cystic Fibrosis

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Cystic Fibrosis Treatment Information

IU Health gives you access to many treatments, some that are not available anywhere else in the state, including:


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Cystic Fibrosis Support Services

Treatments for cystic fibrosis are constantly evolving to improve the quality of life and life expectancy. Stay up-to-date on cystic fibrosis through the following websites: