Living with cystic fibrosis
Most people living with cystic fibrosis were diagnosed shortly after their birth, although some people can make it to adulthood before they are diagnosed with this genetic condition. Cystic fibrosis, which causes significant problems with breathing and digestion, affects about 35,000 people within the United States. Thanks to recent advances in early diagnosis and treatment, those living with cystic fibrosis have longer life expectancies than ever before.
Pulmonologist Manuel Izquierdo, MD, spoke on the complicated reality of living with cystic fibrosis, including being more likely to experience serious complications to viral or bacterial infections, increased dangers when it comes to starting a family, the risk of respiratory failure and more.
He also touched on the time-consuming treatment regimens that people living with cystic fibrosis rely on to help clear their lungs and minimize daily symptoms, how cystic fibrosis can affect bowel habits and why pancreatic enzyme supplements are often an essential aspect of ongoing care.
Finally, Dr. Izquierdo noted that cystic fibrosis centers can offer hope and support to children living with cystic fibrosis, as they center around the complex needs of CF patients and include a multidisciplinary team that is dedicated to helping them live their best life.
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