Cystic fibrosis

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• CF is a commonly diagnosed genetic disease caused by disruption of cellular chloride transport through abnormal function of the CFTR gene protein. • CF may affect multiple organ systems severely, leading to chronic sinopulmonary infections, impairment of growth, liver disease, and diabetes. • Positive CF NBS identifies children at risk for the diagnosis of CF and always requires additional confirmatory testing with sweat chloride or genetic testing. • Primary therapies in CF focus on methods to promote airway clearance of mucus, suppression of bacterial growth, and optimization of nutritional status. • The prognosis for individuals born with CF continues to improve markedly over time through coordinated use of early and aggressive therapies toward common complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)302-310
Number of pages9
JournalPediatrics in Review
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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