What is the prognosis of cystic fibrosis (CF)?

Updated: Oct 22, 2019
  • Author: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP; Chief Editor: Kenan Haver, MD  more...
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Worldwide, the median survival age in patients with cystic fibrosis varies from country to country; it is highest in the United States. [20] Median survival age is 36.9 years, but progress in medical and surgical treatment options have improved the prognosis over the last few decades. An individual with cystic fibrosis born in the United States today is expected to survive longer than 40 years. [21] The median survival age is higher in males than in females.

With current treatment strategies, 80% of patients should reach adulthood. Nevertheless, cystic fibrosis remains a life-limiting disease, and a cure for the disease remains elusive.


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