Corporate Office- South Bend, IN

17187 State Road 23 South Bend, IN 46635 Phone: (574) 273-6000 Fax: (574) 247-8199 View Map & Get Directions

Elkhart, IN

1612 W. Lexington Ave. Elkhart, IN 46514 Phone: (574) 522-2273 Fax: (574) 522-4563 View Map & Get Directions

Plymouth, IN

1920 W. Lake Ave. Plymouth, IN 46563 Phone: (574) 941-4444 Fax: (574) 941-4440 View Map & Get Directions

Michigan City, IN

3219 South Franklin Street Michigan City, IN 46360 Phone: (219) 872-1000 Fax: (219) 879-1917 View Map & Get Directions

St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Medical Office Building

611 E. Douglas Road, Suite 124 Mishawaka, IN 46545 Phone: 574-247-8100 Fax: 574-855-2475 View Map & Get Directions

Health Issues

Cystic Fibrosis Treatment and Care

An early diagnosis of CF and a comprehensive treatment plan can improve both survival and quality of life. Specialty clinics for cystic fibrosis may be helpful and can be found in many communities.

Treatment for lung problems includes:

  • Antibiotics to prevent and treat lung and sinus infections
  • Inhaled medicines to help open the airways
  • DNAse enzyme replacement therapy to thin mucus and make it easier to cough up
  • Lung transplant, in some cases

Treatment for intestinal and nutritional problems may include:

  • A special diet to help with nutrition (see: Cystic fibrosis nutritional considerations)
  • Pancreatic enzymes to replace those that are missing
  • Vitamin supplements, especially vitamins A, D, E, and K

The most common complications are chronic respiratory infections.

  • Coughing up blood
  • Chronic respiratory failure
  • Cor pulmonale
  • Diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • Malnutrition
  • Osteoporosis and arthritis
  • Pneumonia, recurrent
  • Pneumothorax