The Cystic Fibrosis Center of Western New York at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo has ranked eighth out of approximately 120 care centers around the country for 2016 for pediatric lung function.
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects approximately 30,000 people in the country. A defective gene causes the body to produce abnormally thick and sticky mucus. The mucus clogs the lungs and obstructs the pancreas, making breathing and food absorption difficult, as well as impacting other organs. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s national patient registry, the median age of survival for a person with the disease is approximately 40 years, but is increasing due to tremendous breakthroughs in research, newborn screening, care guidelines and new therapies.
The Western New York center’s nutritional outcomes are improving – ranking ninth nationally in weight for length, a major marker of nutrition in infants less than 24 months old.