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

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

Dr. Karena Neri specializes in general internal medicine and general pediatrics and practices in Palm Harbor, FL. Dr. Neri attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. She has a special interest in cystic fibrosis (CF), joint injections, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Neri 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 practices general pediatrics in Palm Harbor, FL. Dr. Rommel's areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF) and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Rommel completed a residency program at Mayo Clinic. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Rommel 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.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

Dr. Jennifer Anne Sawka, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
31860 Us Highway 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Sawka is a general pediatrician. Dr. Sawka's areas of expertise include the following: cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and mental retardation. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sawka takes. She studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. She trained at All Children's Hospital for her residency. She is professionally affiliated with 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. Paul E Mitchell, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
31860 Us Highway 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Paul Mitchell's area of specialization is general pediatrics. His areas of expertise consist of cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and mental retardation. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Mitchell attended medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Mitchell trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center for his residency. He is an in-network provider 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: Mental Retardation, Circumcision, 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. After attending the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at All Children's Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Cavanaugh include diabetes, cystic fibrosis (CF), and infections. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with 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.