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

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Dr. Karena A. Neri M.D.
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
average rating 3.58 stars (54 ratings)
3890 Tampa Road; Suite 102
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Karena Neri's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and general pediatrics; she sees patients in Palm Harbor, FL. Dr. Neri's areas of expertise consist of cystic fibrosis (CF), joint injections, and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. She 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. She attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota for residency. 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

Paul E. Mitchell M.D.
Specializes in General Pediatrics
31860 Us Highway 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Paul Mitchell specializes in general pediatrics. He studied medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. These areas are among Dr. Mitchell's clinical interests: cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and mental retardation. He 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 affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Mental Retardation, Circumcision, Cystic Fibrosis, Tympanometry, Attention Deficit Disorder, ... (Read more)

Jennifer A. Sawka M.D
Specializes in Pediatric Hospital Medicine
average rating 4.75 stars (2 ratings)
31860 Us Highway 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Sawka is a pediatric hospital medicine specialist. These areas are among her clinical interests: cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and mental retardation. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sawka is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed her residency training at All Children's Hospital. Her professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Mental Retardation, Behavior Problems, Cystic Fibrosis, Tympanometry, Attention Deficit Disorder, ... (Read more)

Lara M. Cavanaugh M.D
Specializes in General Pediatrics
average rating 4.16 stars (3 ratings)
31860 Us Highway 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Lara Cavanaugh works as a general pediatrician. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cavanaugh include diabetes, cystic fibrosis (CF), and infections. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cavanaugh takes. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and residency at All Children's Hospital. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Mental Retardation, Behavior Problems, Weight Management, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, Tympanometry, ... (Read more)

Duane A. Rommel M.D.
Specializes in General Pediatrics
average rating 5 stars (5 ratings)
31860 Us Highway 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Duane Rommel's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Dr. Rommel's education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at Mayo Clinic. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rommel include cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and tympanometry. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Tympanometry, 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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