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Cystic Fibrosis in Children

  • The outlook for a child with cystic fibrosis (CF) has never looked better. In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have greatly improved the lives of people with CF; many children with the condition can expect to live into their 40s and beyond.

    • Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a common hereditary (inherited) chronic disease that can affect multiple parts of your child’s body -– most commonly her lungs and digestive system.
       
    • The goals of treatment are to ease severity of your child’s symptoms and slow the progression of the disease.
       
    • At the present time, there is no cure for CF, but with medical and psychosocial support, many children and adolescents with CF can cope well and lead a productive life.

    How Boston Children’s Hospital approaches cystic fibrosis

    The  Cystic Fibrosis Center at Boston Children's is one of the oldest and largest cystic fibrosis centers in the United States. Caring for more than 500 children and adults each year, we provide services ranging from evaluation and diagnosis to treatment and patient education.

    Our center is staffed by an experienced, multidisciplinary team of clinicians, all of whom have specialized training in the care of patients with cystic fibrosis. This approach ensures a thoughtful discussion of every treatment possibility in every case. Your child is in excellent hands with us.

    Cystic Fibrosis: Reviewed by Debra Boyer, MD
    © Children’s Hospital Boston, 2011

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