What monitoring is needed the management 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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Answer

Patients are monitored in the CF clinic every 2-3 months to achieve the following goals:

  • Maintenance of growth and development

  • Maintenance of as nearly normal lung function as possible using clinical assessment, pulmonary function testing, and oxyhemoglobin saturation

  • Intervention and retardation of the progression of lung disease via appropriate use of antibiotics, bronchodilators, and airway clearance techniques

  • Clinical assessment to monitor gastrointestinal tract involvement and presence of malabsorption and to provide enzyme and nutrition supplementation

  • Monitoring for complications and their treatment

  • Addressing psychosocial issues


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