This report was developed as a consensus by a subcommittee whose members collectively represent many years of experience in the fields of pediatrics and cystic fibrosis (CF).
The aim of these guidelines is to promote a uniform level of care and teaching services at CF centers and to provide a general framework for good patient care. Their relevance to specific situations will depend on individual variations in clinical course and professional judgment. In addition, this report should serve as a tool to assess programs, secure resources needed to enhance patient care and education, and guide the growth and development of CF centers in the United States.
The goal is to provide accurate and timely diagnosis of CF based on clinical and laboratory findings. These include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, (2) intestinal malabsorption, (3) electrolyte loss through sweat, (4) family history of