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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my cystic fibrosis?

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Dr. Eric Wang
Radiology
12 doctors agree

In brief: SPECIALIST

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a complex, chronic illness, and should probably best be managed by someone who sees a lot of CF patients.
This probably means a pulmonologist, most likely at an academic hospital.

In brief: SPECIALIST

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a complex, chronic illness, and should probably best be managed by someone who sees a lot of CF patients.
This probably means a pulmonologist, most likely at an academic hospital.
Dr. Eric Wang
Dr. Eric Wang
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Dr. Kristina McCaughtry
if you live in a rural area or small town, your local doctor may be your primary care provider who uses specialists to help keep your care up to date.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Both

A CF patient is a great example of why a medical home is good for patients.
Many routein life events are appropriately handled by your fp/ped/im while other issues related to CF are handled thru coordinated care of the specialties involved. Your primary physician is well aware of the direction problems can head & can redirect you to your pulmonoligist or GI if appropriate.

In brief: Both

A CF patient is a great example of why a medical home is good for patients.
Many routein life events are appropriately handled by your fp/ped/im while other issues related to CF are handled thru coordinated care of the specialties involved. Your primary physician is well aware of the direction problems can head & can redirect you to your pulmonoligist or GI if appropriate.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Allen Seely
AGREE: 'simple problems' can go to PCP
Dr. Scott McLean
A team approach, ideally incorporating an accredited CF Center, and a medical home strategy, as Dr. Ferguson has discussed, makes the most sense.
Dr. Kevin Daus
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Cystic Fibrosis

I would see a lung and a GI doctor for this chronic problem.

In brief: Cystic Fibrosis

I would see a lung and a GI doctor for this chronic problem.
Dr. Kevin Daus
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Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
2 doctors agree

In brief: CF center

I most countries, it is highly recommended that CF patients be followed by an CF center. CF centers are centers that employ physicians with expertise on this disease.
All CF patients should have a primary care physician for their overall care, but they should also be followed by a CF center.

In brief: CF center

I most countries, it is highly recommended that CF patients be followed by an CF center. CF centers are centers that employ physicians with expertise on this disease.
All CF patients should have a primary care physician for their overall care, but they should also be followed by a CF center.
Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Special tests

Special tests are needed to diagnose cystic fibrosis.
Blood tests are not enough, a positive test has to be interpreted in the right clinical context. A negative test does not rule it out. Best is to see a pulmonologist, specifically a cystic fibrosis specialist or cystic fibrosis clinic if you have access to one.

In brief: Special tests

Special tests are needed to diagnose cystic fibrosis.
Blood tests are not enough, a positive test has to be interpreted in the right clinical context. A negative test does not rule it out. Best is to see a pulmonologist, specifically a cystic fibrosis specialist or cystic fibrosis clinic if you have access to one.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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