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Thorax 57:742-748 doi:10.1136/thorax.57.8.742
  • Occasional review

“CF asthma”: what is it and what do we do about it?

  1. I M Balfour-Lynn1,
  2. J S Elborn2
  1. 1Department of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust, London SW3 6NP, UK
  2. 2Regional Respiratory Centre, Belfast City Hospital, Belfast BT9 7AB, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr I M Balfour-Lynn, Department of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust, Sydney Street, London SW3 6NP, UK;
    i.balfourlynn{at}ic.ac.uk

    Abstract

    The diagnosis of “CF asthma” is problematic and it is difficult to determine which patients have a combination of CF and asthma and which have asthma like symptoms caused by inflammation of the CF lung. This may not matter, however; the relevance lies in the possible approaches to treatment.