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Cystic Fibrosis Program

Cystic Fibrosis Program

Claude Prestidge Cystic Fibrosis Center

Our team focuses on both pulmonology and gastroenterology to give your child the most thorough cystic fibrosis treatment possible.

When your child has cystic fibrosis, the CFTR protein that causes thick mucous in the lungs also causes thick mucus in the gut that hinders appropriate digestion. Our team of experts believes that effectively treating cystic fibrosis means focusing on both the pulmonary aspects of the disease and the resulting digestive tract complications. This approach is what sets the Claude Prestidge Cystic Fibrosis Center apart from other programs. We have two co-directors: one is a gastroenterologist, and one is a pulmonologist. Our goal is to provide your child with the most comprehensive care possible while giving you access to the top experts in the field. Annually, we care for about 300+ infants, children and adolescents, providing all of the services your child needs.

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Treatments and Services

  • Case Management
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Ongoing patient/family education
  • Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT)
  • Psychosocial counseling and support
  • Research
  • Sweat Chloride testing

Coordinated care means more convenience for you

Our coordinated approach and experienced care team offer you resources, knowledge and peace of mind that your child is receiving the best care possible. We know that treating cystic fibrosis can be complex. Our child-centered environment and caring team focus on meeting all of your child’s needs under one roof, giving them the highest level of care and saving time for your family.

In addition to pulmonology and gastroenterology, your child will have access to specialists from endocrinology, otolaryngology (ENT), general surgery, nephrology, and infectious disease. We also offer a multidisciplinary care team including:

From our first appointment, now 11 years ago, we’ve had a huge care team of people that have become just like family to us.
Traci, mother of two children with cystic fibrosis
  • Dieticians
  • Genetic counselors
  • Medical assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physical therapists
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Research coordinators
  • Respiratory therapists

In addition, our state-of-the-art pulmonary function lab, which is used to guide effective treatments, will come directly to your child’s exam room to ensure the highest level of infection control.

As part of the Cystic Fibrosis Therapeutics Development Network, we offer patients access to cutting-edge research and clinical trials.

The Cystic Fibrosis Therapeutics Development Network, is the largest cystic fibrosis clinical trials network in the world. Because of our affiliation with this network, your child will benefit from the latest drug trials, clinical studies and a wealth of research in cystic fibrosis treatment. Sharing information collaboratively with other network treatment centers has helped us continuously improve patient outcomes – our rates of cystic fibrosis flare-ups have fallen while our patients’ pulmonary function has risen.

Our physicians also serve as faculty at UT Southwestern, leading the next generation of doctors and advancing the standard of care for cystic fibrosis. Your child will be in good hands with our team.

Meet the Care Team