In CF, pulmonary exacerbations (PEx) can lead to permanent loss in lung function and thus should be prevented. Previously, we identified a blood protein biosignature consisting of 6 proteins capable of predicting short-term PEx events in CF adults. In this study, we utilized blood samples from the placebo arm of a randomized controlled trial to assess whether this candidate protein biosignature was also capable of predicting short-term PEx events in CF children and adolescents. This pilot study provides preliminary evidence that blood inflammation can be monitored to predict short-term PEx risk in CF children and adolescents.
Keywords: Biomarkers; Proteomics; Pulmonary exacerbations.
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