We found 5 providers with an interest in cystic fibrosis and who accept First Health near Mount Laurel, NJ.

Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
750 Route 73 South; Suite 401
Marlton, NJ
 

Dr. Steven Baumgarten is a specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He works in Marlton, NJ and Cherry Hill, NJ. Dr. Baumgarten attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Saint Luke's Medical Center, Cleveland for residency. His areas of expertise include collapsed lung (pneumothorax), intensive care, and cystic fibrosis (CF). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Baumgarten is affiliated with Kennedy Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchitis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Hoarseness, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Other, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
204 Ark Road; Suite 206 Lmc I
Mount Laurel, NJ
 

Dr. Andrew Schriber's specialties are adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. He practices in Mount Laurel, NJ and Moorestown, NJ. Clinical interests for Dr. Schriber include collapsed lung (pneumothorax), cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center for residency. Dr. Schriber takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchitis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Other, Adult Pulmonology
Pulmonary and Sleep Physicians of Sj; Kiwi Building
Mount Laurel, NJ
 

Dr. Douglas Cohen specializes in adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise include collapsed lung (pneumothorax), intensive care, and cystic fibrosis (CF). He is affiliated with Kennedy Health System. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cohen accepts. He studied medicine at New York Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Cohen trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchitis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Other, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
Pulmonary and Sleep Physicians of Sj; Kiwi Building
Mount Laurel, NJ
 

Dr. Frank Trudo is a medical specialist in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. His clinical interests include collapsed lung (pneumothorax), intensive care, and cystic fibrosis (CF). Before completing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Trudo attended medical school at Albany Medical College. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchitis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine, Other
5 Eves Drive
Marlton, NJ
 

Dr. Ira Smith's areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and general internal medicine; he sees patients in Marlton, NJ. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smith include thoracic outlet syndrome, collapsed lung (pneumothorax), and cystic fibrosis (CF). Dr. Smith is professionally affiliated with Kennedy Health System. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Smith trained at Allegheny General Hospital and Graduate Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchitis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Manometry, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

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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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