Cystic fibrosis is caused by a genetic mutation that causes mucus in the body to build up and affect many of the body’s organs, especially the lungs and pancreas. Cystic fibrosis involves the respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems. It is one of the most common life-shortening genetic diseases in the United States, as there is currently no cure for the disorder. While the life expectancy of those with cystic fibrosis is increasing, most people with the condition will only live to their mid-to-late 30s.
The Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center at UAMS
UAMS offers the state’s only accredited Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center. As an accredited CF center, several providers at our Pulmonary Clinic dedicate one day a week to the treatment of cystic fibrosis patients and the management of their symptoms.
At UAMS, personalized treatment plans for CF may include airway clearance, medications and nutritional support. Recommended care can also include regular check-ups, occasional lab work and hospitalization if necessary.
Symptoms and Management of Cystic Fibrosis
Symptoms for the disorder can range from mild to severe. Some of the more prevalent symptoms of cystic fibrosis are:
- Thick, sticky mucus
- Coughing or wheezing
- Recurrent lung (respiratory) infections
- Delayed or poor growth
- Enlargement or rounding of the fingers and toes