Cystic Fibrosis Clinic
A Multi-Specialty Approach
The Cystic Fibrosis Clinic, an outpatient clinic of North Carolina Baptist Hospital, is comprehensive in scope, offering care for adults patients with this disease. That means that patients receive care from a team that includes doctors, nutritionists, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and nurse practitioners– all skilled in the type of care required to treat this disease. In addition, patients also have access to specialists in endocrinology, otolaryngology, orthopaedics and other subspecialties as needed for your complete care.
The Cystic Fibrosis Clinic is held on the 1st Tuesday and 2nd Thursday of each month, from 1 pm to 4 pm.
Since this is a specialty clinic, patients will require a physician referral to be seen. Please have your primary care physician call 336-716-4649 to schedule a new appointment.
Cystic Fibrosis Is Genetically Inherited
Cystic Fibrosis is caused by a mutation in the gene that produces the protein that moves chloride ions (a component of common table salt) through cell membranes. This protein is present in cells lining the passageways of the lungs, pancreas, colon, and genitourinary tract. When this protein is abnormal, the movement of chloride ions and water in the lung and other cells becomes blocked, and there is secretion of abnormal mucus. Those who have cystic fibrosis have inherited two abnormal genes, one from each of their parents.
A person born with the Cystic Fibrosis gene usually has symptoms during early childhood, however, signs of the disease may not appear until adolescence or later. Diagnosis options include the following:
- Sweat Test
- Sputum Test
- Genetic Screening
- Stool Analysis
- Imaging techniques may be used to reveal lung conditions and abdominal obstruction.