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Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis treatment found to be ineffective in younger children

In a normal, healthy person, mucus is a wet, gooey substance that coats certain body organs and lubricates the inner lining of things such as your nose and throat. It is a necessary part of healthy body function. It not only keeps your organs and inner linings moist, but it also helps to protect them from becoming infected.

Lung transplant rarely prolongs life in CF

By Megan Rauscher

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Lung transplantation in children with cystic fibrosis (CF) is not likely to prolong life and may do more harm than good, according to a look back at essentially the entire U.S. pediatric experience with lung transplantation for cystic fibrosis for the period 1992 through 2002.

According to a report in November 22 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, a total of 248 of the 514 children with cystic fibrosis who were on the waiting list during the 10-year-period underwent lung transplantation.