Treatment of cystic fibrosis

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At present, there is no specific treatment that can correct the underlying genetic defect causing CF.



Drugs or genes

Several drug-based approaches are being investigated.
Attempts at gene therapy remain experimental.

Control of symptoms

Current therapy aims to alleviate the symptoms of CF or slow the progression of the disease in order to improve the patient’s quality of life.
CF therapy is tailored to the needs of each patient.
Antibiotics and other treatments are used to clear the thick mucus that accumulates in the lungs of CF patients.

Lung transplantation

For patients whose disease is very advanced, lung transplantation may be an option. Some 0.6% of CF patients per year have an organ transplant (double lung, heart and lung or liver).


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