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Feasibility study of community control programmes for cystic fibrosis: memorandum from a WHO/ICF(M)A meeting.

Type
Published Article
Journal
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Publisher
WHO Press
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1990
Volume
68
Issue
6
Pages
709–715
Identifiers
PMID: 2073710
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

As a result of improved medical services and diagnosis of cystic fibrosis (CF), it has in recent years become clear that this is a common genetic disorder with a worldwide distribution. The average life expectancy of CF patients is very low in the developing world, but in developed countries this fatal childhood disease is becoming a chronic disorder persisting into adult life. In western Europe and North America the average life expectancy is now about 25 years, with a fatal outcome, so that CF represents one of the most serious of inherited life-threatening conditions. It remains to be shown whether very early diagnosis and treatment can further improve the prognosis.

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