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We found 3 providers with an interest in cystic fibrosis and who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 50/5000 near Cincinnati, OH.

Dr. Patricia Ann Maxwell Joseph, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Pediatric Pulmonology, Adult Pulmonology
3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati, OH
 

Dr. Patricia Joseph specializes in adult critical care, pediatric pulmonology, and adult pulmonology. Her clinical interests include cystic fibrosis (CF) and intensive care. She takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Joseph studied medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. She is affiliated with the University of Cincinnati (UC) Health.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Intensive Care, Lung Problems

Dr. Bruce Colston Trapnell, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
222 Piedmont Avenue; Suite 6000
Cincinnati, OH
 

Dr. Bruce Trapnell works as an adult pulmonologist in Cincinnati, OH. His clinical interests encompass intensive care and cystic fibrosis (CF). He is professionally affiliated with the University of Cincinnati (UC) Health. Dr. Trapnell attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Trapnell honors.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Intensive Care, Lung Problems

Dr. Maria Veronica Indihar, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
222 Piedmont Avenue; Suite 4300, Uc Health Physicians Office (clifton)
Cincinnati, OH
 

Dr. Maria Indihar's medical specialty is adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Before completing her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Indihar attended medical school at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. Her areas of expertise consist of intensive care and cystic fibrosis (CF). She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Indihar is affiliated with Cincinnati VA Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati (UC) Health.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Intensive Care, 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.