Specialties that diagnose or treat this condition:
- Genetic Counseling
- Pediatric Gastroenterology and Liver Care (Hepatology)
- Lung Care (Pulmonology)
- Pediatric Lung Care (Pulmonology)
- Pediatric Nutrition Services
- Pediatric Neuropsychology
- Pediatric Endocrinology
- Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
- Nutrition Services
- Pediatric Transplant Care
- Transplant Care
- Family Medicine
- Pediatric Genetics and Metabolism
- Pediatric Psychology
- Liver Care (Hepatology)
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a complex, life-threatening, inherited disease that mainly affects your lungs and gastrointestinal system. If you have cystic fibrosis, you may find it difficult to breathe and you may have recurring lung infections. CF can also affect other organs, such as your pancreas, where it prevents the release of digestive enzymes that enable your body to absorb vital nutrients.
The majority of people with CF are diagnosed by newborn screening. Today, the median predicted survival age is close to 40, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
M Health Fairview physicians are known throughout the world for their care of people with lung diseases, such as CF. Our adult patients are cared for at Center for Lung Science and Health within the University of Minnesota Medical Center. Children with CF are cared for in the Discovery Clinic at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.
Children and adults are cared for by a multidisciplinary team that provides patients with CF the highest quality of life possible. Our team includes physicians, nurse coordinators, respiratory therapists, dietitians, social workers, and genetic counselors. In addition we have many sub-specialists experienced in pediatric or adult cystic fibrosis care including otolaryngologists (ENT), gastroenterologists, hepatologists, endocrinologists, interventional radiologists, and surgeons.
This center is one of the world’s largest and most experienced, and our lung care is continually recognized as among the best by U.S. News & World Report. Many of our physicians are also researchers, seeking new therapies and trying to understand and control potential complications of CF. We support a variety of clinical trials and encourage patients to take advantage of them. With an intensive focus on preventive care, our cystic fibrosis patients enjoy a life expectancy well above the national average.
Treatments, Tests, and Procedures
Pediatric Liver Transplant
Airway Clearance Therapies
Infant Pulmonary Function Testing
There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:
- Pulmonary (Lung) Function Test
- Medical Management
- Nasal Polyp Removal
- Oxygen Therapy
- Pancreatic Enzyme Supplements
- Respiratory and Airway Management
Call your preferred location to schedule an appointment or submit an online request.
Cystic Fibrosis Research
We support a variety of clinical trials and encourage patients to take advantage of them. By participating in clinical trials you offer promise and hope to future generations.