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Pulmonary Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 134132, 10 pages
Review Article

Management Issues for Adolescents with Cystic Fibrosis

Department of Respiratory Medicine, Princess Margaret Children's Hospital, Level 3, Harry Boan Building, Roberts Road, Subiaco, WA 6009, Australia

Received 8 June 2012; Accepted 15 August 2012

Academic Editor: Siobhain Mulrennan

Copyright © 2012 Adelaide Lindsay Withers. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The healthy adolescent will encounter major changes in biological and psychosocial domains. The adolescent period can be greatly affected by a chronic illness. Cystic fibrosis is a terminal illness that can significantly affect an adolescent’s biological, mental and psychosocial health. This paper discusses general issues to consider when managing an adolescent with a chronic medical condition, and specifically how cystic fibrosis may impact upon puberty, body image, risk-taking behaviours, mental health, independence, nonadherence, reproductive health, transition, lung transplantation, and end of life care.