Pulmonary specialists with University of Mississippi Medical Center's Cystic Fibrosis Center evaluate and provide disease management and care for patients with cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that can make breathing difficult. Mucus builds up and clogs some of the organ in the body, particularly the lungs and pancreas. The thick secretions also cause germs to get stuck in the airways, which can lead to swelling, infections and lung disease.
Mucus can also block the digestive tract and pancreas. It stops digestive enzymes from getting to the intestines. The body needs these enzymes to break down food, which provides important nutrients to help people grow and stay healthy. Patients with cystic fibrosis often need to replace these enzymes with medicine, which helps them digest food and get proper nutrition.
The CF Center offers a continuum of care involving physicians, nurses, dietitians, respiratory therapists, social workers and physical therapists working together to fully meet any and all needs of CF patients and their families. Other specialists are involved as needed to meet the patient's needs.
Patients usually transition to the adult CF program between the age of 18-21. The adult CF clinic is an outpatient service of the UMMC's pulmonology division within the Department of Internal Medicine. Patients are seen in clinic at University Physicians Pavilion, suite G, on the UMMC campus.
Routine follow-up visits are scheduled from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays. CF-related urgent care visits are scheduled from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday per physician availability. For emergency care, call 911. To reach a pulmonologist after hours or on weekends/holidays, call (601) 984-5650 and ask for the pulmonary fellow on call.
- Spirometry (breathing tests)
- Flu and pneumonia vaccines
- Laboratory testing
- Sputum cultures
- Pulmonary function tests
- Oxygen saturation
- Body plethysmography
- Diagnostic X-rays
- Nutritional therapy evaluation
- Respiratory therapy evaluation
Annual Adult CF Education Day videos
UMMC's adult cystic fibrosis department recently sponsored an education day to promote CF awareness and services for physicians, care givers, patients and their families. The following are education videos from that day.