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Young Adults with Cystic Fibrosis: The Problems of a New Generation

MARY LORETTA ROSENLUND, M.D.; and HERBERT S. LUSTIG, M.D.
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Supported in part by the National Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation.

▸Requests for reprints should be addressed to Mary Loretta Rosenlund, M.D., The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 18th and Bainbridge Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19146.


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(6):959-961. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-78-6-959
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Cystic fibrosis has always been considered a children's disease. Because early diagnosis and vigorous treatment have prolonged their survival, several thousand cystic fibrosis patients have now entered young adulthood. They are now faced with medical problems that have been traditionally a part of internal medicine, not pediatrics. They are also faced with the prospect of independent functioning, something for which most of these patients have not been prepared. The experiences at one Cystic Fibrosis Center are discussed, along with some of the new management problems that practitioners of adult medicine will be facing when they take over the care of these patients and their families.

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