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Fertility in Patients With Cystic Fibrosis

Christopher M. Oermann, MD
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Affiliations: Houston, TX 
 ,  Dr. Oermann is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine and is affiliated with the Pediatric Pulmonary Department, Texas Children’s Hospital, Feigin Center.

Correspondence to: Christopher M. Oermann, MD, Pediatric Pulmonary, TCH Feigin Center, Suite 410, 6621 Fannin MC 3–2571, Houston, TX; e-mail: coermann@bcm.tmc.edu



Chest. 2000;118(4):893-894. doi:10.1378/chest.118.4.893
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The life expectancy for individuals with cystic fibrosis (CF) has dramatically improved over the past 50 years.1 The median length of survival has increased from roughly 1 year in 1950 to > 30 years today. Children born with CF today have an estimated life expectancy of approximately 40 years.2 There are multiple factors that have contributed to this progress. The development of pancreatic enzyme replacements to treat malabsorption and of effective antipseudomonal antibiotics to suppress airway infection has been crucial. The consolidation of care at Cystic Fibrosis Care Centers sponsored by the US Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, early diagnosis, aggressive disease management, and a host of new therapeutic interventions also have been integral in enhancing quality of life and increasing life expectancy.

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