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Cystic fibrosis (CF)

CF impairs your body's ability to control the movement of salt and water between cells, leading to a range of problems.

About

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition that affects your body's ability to control the movement of salt and water in and out of your cells. People with CF experience a build-up of thick sticky mucus in the lungs, digestive system and other organs, causing a wide range of complications affecting the entire body. Most cases are detected at birth.

Need to know

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    In the lungs, common symptoms include: - coughing - wheezing and shortness of breath - recurring chest infections due to mucus build-up in the lungs, an ideal breeding ground for bacteria Liver-related symptoms include: - an enlarged liver (hepatomegaly) - an enlarged spleen (splenomegaly) which develops when there is scarring in the liver - fluid build-up in the abdomen (ascites) - bleeding (bruising, nosebleeds and visible veins on the abdominal wall) - poor growth and muscle wasting - jaundice People sometimes develop other conditions towards the end of childhood, or in adulthood, such as: - delayed puberty - reduced fertility - diabetes - bone disease (weak bones)
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    All newborns are screened for CF as part of the newborn blood spot test. If your baby is suspected of having CF, two additional tests to confirm a diagnosis are needed: - A sweat test to measure the amount of salt in sweat, which will be abnormally high in those with CF - A genetic test where a sample of blood is checked for the gene that causes CF These tests can also be used to diagnose cystic fibrosis in older children and adults who didn't undergo the newborn screening. Another reason why a person with CF was not diagnosed earlier is that the condition can vary widely in severity and symptoms, and can mimic other lung diseases such as asthma.
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    There's no cure for cystic fibrosis but the condition can be managed with the following treatments: - Antibiotics, steroids and medicines to clear the air passageways - Regular exercise and physiotherapy - Active Cycle of Breathing Techniques (ACBT) – a cycle of deep breathing, huffing, coughing and relaxed breathing to shift the mucus and clear your airways - Dietary and nutritional advice from a dietician - In severe cases, a lung transplant when your lung has failed
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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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