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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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Meet the Providers Who Treat Cystic Fibrosis


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Departments that Treat Cystic Fibrosis

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Pulmonary Medicine

Children's National is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's best pediatric hospitals for pulmonology and lung surgery because of our expertise in the field, and the quality of care provided to patients and their families.

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.

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Bone Health Program

Orthopaedists at Children's National offer world-renowned expertise and life-changing care, including surgery, for children at high risk for bone fracture.