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

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Dr. Karena Aileen Neri, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
3890 Tampa Road; Suite 102
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Karena Neri's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and general pediatrics. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Dr. Neri's areas of clinical interest consist of cystic fibrosis (CF), joint injections, and chronic fatigue syndrome. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis, Joint Injections

Dr. Duane Arthur Rommel, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
31860 Us Highway 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Duane Rommel's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rommel include cystic fibrosis (CF) and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Before completing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Rommel attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

Dr. Paul E Mitchell, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
31860 Us Highway 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Paul Mitchell is a pediatrician in New Port Richey, FL and Palm Harbor, FL. These areas are among Dr. Mitchell's clinical interests: cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and mental retardation. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Mitchell completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Mental Retardation, Circumcision, Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder, Epilepsy

Dr. Jennifer A Sawka, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hospital Medicine
31860 Us Highway 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Sawka is a specialist in pediatric hospital medicine. She works in Palm Harbor, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Sawka is 5.0 stars out of 5. In her practice, she is particularly interested in cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and mental retardation. Dr. Sawka is in-network 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 her residency at All Children's Hospital, Dr. Sawka attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Mental Retardation, Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder, Epilepsy

Dr. Lara M Cavanaugh, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
31860 Us Highway 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Lara Cavanaugh's area of specialization is general pediatrics. She has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Cavanaugh's areas of expertise include diabetes, cystic fibrosis (CF), and infections. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Cavanaugh is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Cavanaugh trained at All Children's Hospital. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Mental Retardation, Weight Management, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Infections

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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.
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