Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic Fibrosis

Respiratory Institute

Cystic Fibrosis Program

  • Overview
  • Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Meet Our Team

Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis

In this initial consultation, the pulmonologist will perform a detailed review of the patient’s history, a physical examination, and a review of previous test results. Diagnostic testing would be ordered, such as genetic testing and/or a sweat chloride analysis.

Once the diagnosis is established, further testing can be done to determine the extent of the disorder and treatment required. These tests include:

  • Pulmonary function tests: A range of tests that measure how well the patient is able to breathe in and out, and how efficiently the lungs provide oxygen to the blood.
  • CT scan or x-ray: These tests provide detailed images of the lungs and inside of the chest, and are particularly helpful in ruling out other conditions with similar symptoms.
  • Sputum microbiology: An analysis of mucus the patient has coughed up.

As cystic fibrosis is a multisystemic disorder, further evaluation may be necessary based on the patient’s symptoms and test results.

Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis

Treatment of cystic fibrosis requires complex multidisciplinary care. Patients should expect to come in for regular follow-up visits at the pulmonary clinic, along with regular respiratory therapy and lung function measurements. Depending on the severity of the disorder, many patients may also require oral or inhaled treatments.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi provides all state-of-the-art pharmacological treatments for cystic fibrosis. These include the latest gene modifying tablets, Ivacaftor and Ivacaftor/Lumacaftor, which may be useful for selected patients, as well as inhaled treatments, including mucolytics and antibiotics.

For patients with very severe lung disorders, the program also offers evaluation for a possible lung transplant, in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic in the United States and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Lung Transplant Link service.


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Meet Our Team

The multidisciplinary specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of cystic fibrosis includes:

  • Pulmonologists
  • Radiologists
  • Pathologists.

Depending on which organ systems are affected, patients may also see physicians from the following specialties:

  • Dietitians
  • ENT physicians
  • Diabetologists
  • Hepatologists.
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