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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more


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Prenatal testing for cystic fibrosis available?

Yes. Talk to OB.: Cystic fibrosis is an inherited genetic disorder. Prospective parents can be tested to see they are carriers and discuss with genetic counselor the chance of having child with CF if one/both are carriers. Post-conception testing is also available. Talk to your ob. Here's link for additional info: http://www.Acog.Org/~/media/for%20patients/faq171.Pdf?Dmc=1&ts=20120518t1505423920. ...Read more

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What screening process is used for cystic fibrosis cf?

Varies by state: In the us the process varies in each state - usually it involves an initial blood work and some genetic blood analysis. ...Read more

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My wife & son passed california newborn screening for CF, does that mean odds are low for typical cystic fibrosis or mild form?

My wife & son passed california newborn screening for CF, does that mean odds are low for typical cystic fibrosis or mild form?

Newborn screening : for Cystic Fibrosis is done by Immunoreactive Trypsinogen, IRT. If othe IRT level is ^, DNA tests for CF gene mutations are done on blood on the Guthrie card. CF Foundation-accredited Care Centers in CA look for an "intermediate" sweat chloride result in young infants who do not gain wt. & have bad gas, abdominal pain & loose or hard stools &/or wheezing/coughing for > 2 wks. to diagnose CRMS. ...Read more

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My son & wife tested neg for Cystic Fibrosis through screening test, not sweat test. However my son has hirschsprung disease. Should I test for CF - or it's high unlikely I have it? I'm 32. Feel fine

I wouldn't: There is no relationship between Hirschprung disease and CF. If you wand to know if you are an asymptomatic carrier of CF, the tests are available. However, you don't get to age 30 without symptoms when you have the disease and your fertility would also be diminished.If your wife is not a carrier, you can not produce babies with CF. ...Read more

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My 17 month old keeps getting a cold, sinus congestion and ear-aches. He gets sick once every 1-2 months, Cystic fibrosis? Screening was clear. latino

My 17 month old keeps getting a cold, sinus congestion and ear-aches. He gets sick once every 1-2 months, Cystic fibrosis? Screening was clear. latino

Follow up/Cilia: Children of this age can have multiple common viral illnesses during the course of a year, especially if they attend daycare. If he is otherwise well, growing and developing normally there may be no abnormality. Other considerations include defects in the cilia. It is important to follow up with you physician. ...Read more

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During my preconception visit my dr. was really pushing genetic screening for before we start conceiving. We have no family history of genetic disorders and she said nothing stands out (other than cystic fibrosis since we are both Caucasian). ?

During my preconception visit my dr. was really pushing genetic screening for before we start conceiving.  We  have no family history of genetic disorders and she said nothing stands out (other than cystic fibrosis since we are both Caucasian). ?

See below: In addition to screening for cystic fibrosis, Indications for screening include,AMONG OTHERS, any one of the following:**A known or suspected hereditary disease in the patient or a family member; **Presence of birth defects, chromosomal abnormality, intellectual disability, developmental delay in a parent, a child, or the child of a family member**Ashkenazi Jewish ethnicity ...Read more

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L am 58 can I get cystic fibrosis at that age.

L am 58 can I get cystic fibrosis at that age.

No: You are born with cystic fibrosis, you don't "get" it later in life. It may not be diagnosed right away depending on the type and severity of symptoms. For example, a newborn with an intestinal blockage would be picked up quickly, but an older child or even an adult who presented with mostly sinus symptoms might not get diagnosed until later. ...Read more

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Can someone be diagnose with cystic fibrosis in their 40's?

Can someone be diagnose with cystic fibrosis in their 40's?

As a carrier: Genetic carrier testing: more than 10 million americans are symptomless carriers of the defective CF gene. This blood test can help detect carriers, who could pass CF onto their children. To have cystic fibrosis, a child must inherit one copy of the defective CF gene from each parent. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Roberts
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Prenatal Screening (Definition)

Prenatal screening is the group of procedures used in pregnancy to look for diseases and genetic mutations in the fetus (baby inside Mom). Screening is usually done as early as practical in the pregnancy. Methods include testing the pregnant woman's blood, scanning the fetus with ultrasound, sampling the amniotic fluid ...Read more


Dr. William Walsh
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Cystic Fibrosis (Definition)

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder of the lungs and digestive tract. It causes recurrent lung infections and inhibits growth in patients. Average life expectancy of patients with cystic fibrosis ...Read more