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We found 5 providers with an interest in cystic fibrosis and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO near Largo, FL.

Dr. Kirti Kumar Patel, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1258 W Bay Drive; Suite A
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Kirit Patel works as an anesthesiologist and geriatrician in Largo, FL and Tampa, FL. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Patel attended medical school at Medical College Baroda. Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Randall Morgan, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Steven Morgan works as a pediatrician in Largo, FL. He speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Morgan include cystic fibrosis (CF) and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). He is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and performed his residency at Lloyd Noland Hospital and Health Center. Patient reviews placed Dr. Morgan at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

Dr. Michael Douglas Saccente, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Saccente is an internist. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Saccente's clinical interests: diabetes, alcohol abuse, and geriatric health. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, Dr. Saccente attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Carlos Jesus Cano, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Cano specializes in general pediatrics. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Cano focuses on cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and circumcision. Dr. Cano is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Cano attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Circumcision, Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

Dr. Fran Ellen Sterling, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Fran Sterling practices general pediatrics. Dr. Sterling graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her clinical interests include cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and circumcision. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Sterling is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Circumcision, Spinal Manipulation, Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

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What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that causes unusually thick mucus to build up in the lungs and other organs. This makes it difficult to breathe. Bacteria can grow in the mucus and people with cystic fibrosis are prone to lung infections. When mucus collects in the pancreas, people with cystic fibrosis aren’t able to produce the enzymes needed to digest food properly, and can be prone to malnutrition or diabetes. The median age of survival for someone with cystic fibrosis is only 37, but people are surviving longer than ever before thanks to medical advances; it is not unheard of for people with cystic fibrosis to live into their 40’s or even older.

Symptoms of cystic fibrosis most commonly begin in childhood, although in milder cases the symptoms may not appear until teenage years or even adulthood. Symptoms can include salty skin, a persistent cough, repeated lung infections, wheezing and shortness of breath, failure to thrive and poor weight gain despite eating adequate amounts, and unusual bowel movements.

Treatment for most cystic fibrosis patients involves procedures known as airway clearance techniques. These are changes in position or methods of tapping or pounding that shake mucus loose from the lungs and allow it to be coughed out. Inhalers are also commonly used to apply medication to thin out the mucus in the lungs. Antibiotics can be taken orally, by inhaler, or through an IV to combat infections. Nutritional support is extremely important with cystic fibrosis because digestion is impaired and diabetes is such a common complication. Many patients take pancreatic enzymes to support their digestion. Finally, for a certain type of cystic fibrosis, there is a new medication called Kalydeco that works to help the defective protein in the body work better and clear mucus from the body.