We found 6 providers with an interest in cystic fibrosis and who accept Aetna Affordable Health Choices near Chicago, IL.

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Dr. Luis E Torero, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatric Critical Care
225 E. Chicago Avenue; 3 Sw
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Luis Torero is a pediatric pulmonologist and pediatric critical care specialist in Winfield, IL, Chicago, IL, and Oak Lawn, IL. These areas are among his clinical interests: cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Torero's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. After attending Cayetano Heredia University for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. In addition to English, Dr. Torero (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Susanna Antonia McColley, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
225 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Susanna McColley is a pediatric pulmonology specialist. She is conversant in French. Dr. McColley's clinical interests encompass cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Her professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. McColley's training includes a residency program at Baltimore City Hospitals. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. McColley has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma, Chronic Cough

Dr. Mary Anne Nevin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
225 E. Chicago Avenue; Box 43
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mary Nevin is a pediatric pulmonology specialist in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. Her clinical interests encompass cystic fibrosis (CF). She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Nevin obtained her medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed her residency at Duke University Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Nevin is not accepting new patients at this time.

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All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Sickle Cell Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Aspiration, Dysplasia, Medical ... (Read more)

Dr. Youngran Chung, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Youngran Chung specializes in pediatric pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Chung include homeopathic treatment, medical hypnosis, and cystic fibrosis (CF). She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Chung takes United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Chung obtained her medical school training at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and performed her residency at Michael Reese Hospital and Rush University Medical Center. She is conversant in Korean.

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All Interests: Homeopathic Treatment, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Cough, Alternative Medicine, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Adrienne Prestridge Savant, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
225 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Adrienne Savant is a pediatric pulmonology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Savant include cystic fibrosis (CF). She is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She attended Eastern Virginia Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She is closed to new patients at this time.

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All Interests: Interstitial Lung Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Function Test

Dr. Lauren Elizabeth Donovan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
225 E. Chicago Avenue; 3 Sw
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Lauren Camarda, who practices in Northbrook, IL, Chicago, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric pulmonology. In her practice, Dr. Camarda focuses on lung problems. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Swedish Covenant Hospital. Dr. Camarda attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Camarda honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Exercise Physiology, Neuromuscular Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems

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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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