The management of cystic fibrosis

Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780192631411
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730160 | DOI:

Series: Supportive Care Series

The management of cystic fibrosis

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This chapter examines the management of cystic fibrosis, a multisystem disorder characterised by chronic airway infection, malnutrition, and premature death. Management of late-stage disease may be complex and demanding, particularly for relatives, carers, and healthcare staff, to whom a patient may have become well known over many years. Some of the complications associated with cystic fibrosis that need a supportive care approach from a relatively early disease stage include respiratory failure, nutritional depletion, and psychological distress.

Keywords: cystic fibrosis; airway infection; malnutrition; premature death; respiratory failure; psychological distress; disease management; supportive care

Chapter.  8996 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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