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Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis

Key points about cystic fibrosis

  • Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease characterized by an abnormality in the body's salt, water-making cells and mucus-making cells.
  • Many children are diagnosed with CF before they show symptoms due to newborn screening programs that have been implemented.
  • At the present time, there is no cure for CF; however, gene therapy research is being conducted.
  • Treatment for your child could include: chest physical therapy, exercise, medication, digestive support and psychosocial care.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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Providers Who Treat Cystic Fibrosis


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Departments that Treat Cystic Fibrosis

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Cystic Fibrosis Center

The Children's National Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Center offers a multidisciplinary team of specialists who see to all aspects of care for inpatients and outpatients of all ages with CF.

Respiratory Care Services

A dedicated team of nearly 100 professionals provides respiratory care services around the clock for outpatients and inpatients at Children's National Hospital. Our therapists excel in the field for their technical knowledge as well as their expertise in working with kids.

Infant and pediatric gastroenterology specialist, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program. John Snyder is Division Chief.

Pre-Operative Care Clinic

When your child is having surgery at Children's National Hospital, the Pre-Operative Care Clinic's (POCC) team of pediatric professionals screens patients for surgery and creates a specific care plan for each patient.