We found 5 providers with an interest in cystic fibrosis and who accept Coventry HMO near Largo, FL.

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Dr. Michael Douglas Saccente, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Saccente works as a general internist. Dr. Saccente attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. His areas of expertise include alcohol abuse, cystic fibrosis (CF), and lupus. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Saccente's professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Audrey Johnson Johnson-Milas, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Audrey Milas practices general pediatrics. Her clinical interests include cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and circumcision. She takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Milas attended Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Ohio State University College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Doctors Hospital. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Milas is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Circumcision, Spinal Manipulation, Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

Dr. Carlos Jesus Cano, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Cano's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Dr. Cano's education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. His areas of expertise consist of cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and circumcision. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Cano is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Circumcision, Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Steven Morgan's specialty is general pediatrics. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: cystic fibrosis (CF) and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Dr. Morgan takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Morgan attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Lloyd Noland Hospital and Health Center. He speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

Dr. Fran Ellen Sterling, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Fran Sterling's area of specialization is general pediatrics. In Dr. Sterling's practice, she is particularly interested in cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and circumcision. She is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Sterling graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Circumcision, Spinal Manipulation, Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

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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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