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Cystic fibrosis patients may experience a wide range of symptoms related to their disease.

These can include:

  • Sinus
  • Respiratory
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Reproductive
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Vascular
  • Skin problems
It is important for CF patients to understand their disease and how to best manage it.

We've developed an online curriculum to help!  Below is a brief list of topics to review, with some links to more information.  Please use this for self-education, and as a stimulus for more discussion in clinic.  If there is something you'd like to review or discuss with us – just ask!

Basic Information

  • How does mucus affect:
    • Sinuses?
    • Lungs?
    • Pancreas?
    • Diabetes?
    • Liver?
    • Intestines?
    • Sweat glands?
    • Reproduction?


  • How do we treat sinus disease?
    • Sinus irrigation
    • Antibiotics
    • Surgery
  • Is there a correct "order" in which to do treatments?
    • Bronchodilator (such as albuterol)
    • Mucolytic (such as Pulmozyme)
    • Airway clearance therapy
      • Many patients prefer to use hypertonic saline while using their Vest
    • Inhaled antibiotic (such as TOBI or Cayston)
  • Diabetes
    • Glucose tolerance testing
    • What is a hemoglobin A1c (glycohemoglobin)?
    • Insulin therapy