Children's Cystic Fibrosis Care

Children's Cystic Fibrosis Services


Pulmonary specialists at Children's of Mississippi, a part of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, offer evaluation and treatment for pediatric patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), a life-threatening genetic disease that can make breathing difficult. About 30,000 people in the United States are affected with CF, and about 1,000 babies are diagnosed with it each year.

Cystic fibrosis causes certain glands to produce abnormal secretions which results in an unhealthy buildup of mucus that can clog some bodily organs, particularly the lungs and pancreas. The unusually thick mucus causes germs to get stuck in CF patients' airways and can lead to swelling, infections, and lung disease.

Mucus can also clog the digestive tract and pancreas, blocking enzymes necessary for digesting food and absorbing nutrients. Patients with CF often need to replace these enzymes with medicine to help them digest food and get the nutrients they need to stay healthy.

Services

  • Spirometry (breathing tests)
  • Flu and pneumonia vaccines
  • Laboratory testing
  • Diagnostic X-rays