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Friday, November 21, 2014
Adult cystic fibrosis
My mother is 72 and was just diagnosed with CF. She has been battling bronchitis and pneumonia all this last fall and into the winter. What is prognosis?
I cannot give you a prognosis, but can make a few general comments. First, diagnosis at 72 years old suggests relatively mild CF disease. With the diagnosis made, appropriate treatment becomes much more likely than without a correct diagnosis. Improved and continued good health will also almost certainly be better accomplished by a certified CF center team than by a non-CF doctor, so I would suggest that she seek attention at the nearest certified CF adult care center, which can be found at the http://www.cff.org/ website.
I wish you and her the best of luck.
John S Heintz, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University