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How can you get checked for cystic fibrosis?

How can you get checked for cystic fibrosis?

Sweat test: The best test for cystic fibrosis is a sweat test. Why do you think you need tested? ...Read more

Dr. William Walsh
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Cystic Fibrosis (Definition)

A genetic disorder of the lungs and digestive tract. It causes recurrent lung infections and inhibits growth in patients and average life expectancy of patients with cystic fibrosis ...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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Do males or females get cystic fibrosis and why?

Do males or females get cystic fibrosis and why?

Equal: More than 10 million americans are unknowing, symptomless carriers of the defective cystic fibrosis gene. In order to develop cf, an individual must inherit a defective gene from each parent. Since the CF gene is not on a sex chromosome (x or y), males and females are equally affected. ...Read more

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How can you get easily checked up for cystic fibrosis?

Sweat chloride test: CF is an abnormality of chloride channels. A simple test where they tape a special paper to your arm and measure the amount of chloride in your sweat can help rule in or out cf. ...Read more

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I'm worried I have cystic fibrosis. How do I get tested?

I'm worried I have cystic fibrosis. How do I get tested?

Sweat test: Cystic fibrosis is diagnosed by an abnormal sweat test and clinical symptoms that match the diagnosis. Genetic tests can also be done to determine if there are any mutations of the cftr gene that are known to cause cystic fibrosis. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get cystic fibrosis, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get cystic fibrosis, or is it unusual?

Depends on ethnicity: CF is a genetic condition inherited from carrier parent. Carrier frequency depends on the ethnic background. 1/25 caucasians have one copy of normal, one copy of a mutated CF gene. Both genes have to be mutated to have cf. Hispanic carrier frequency 1/50, africanam 1/70, Asian 1/90. 1/5000 babies are born with cf, this may be decreasing, since pregnant females are now screened for CF ...Read more

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What is a good way to get checked up for cystic fibrosis?

What is a good way to get checked up for cystic fibrosis?

Sweat chloride test: Talk to your physician who can direct you and order a test, if indicated. The gold standard test is the sweat chloride test. Blood testing may also be available, again, if indicated. ...Read more

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Help please! Is cystic fibrosis something you can get in childhood?

Words matter: CF will be recognized or diagnosed in childhood, so in a way you could say you get it then. However, the word use is confusing. You don't "get it" like you get a strep throat, you are born with the abnormal gene information that causes the disease. ...Read more

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Can someone get cystic fibrosis as a teenager?

Can someone get cystic fibrosis as a teenager?

Yes: A small segment of patients affected by cystic fibrosis does not show typical symptoms until teenage and apparently has very mild disease.
This depends upon the mutation involving cftr gene (homozygous vs heretozygous so on). ...Read more

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What percentage of female va male fetuses get cystic fibrosis?

50/50: It is about 50/50; there is no real difference in the incidence of cystic fibrosis between males and females. ...Read more

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Is it bad to get x-rays done when you have cystic fibrosis?

Is it bad to get x-rays done when you have cystic fibrosis?

No: This will not cause a problem, and may help diagnosis a new issue (although not always). ...Read more

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How noticeable is the salty skin that people get with cystic fibrosis?

Depends on Severity: This would depend on the severity of the disease state in the individual, but by and large, it's enough of a difference from "normal" sweat to make one take notice. Clinically, the sweat chloride level is measured twice to make the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis (cf). The cutoff level to make the diagnosis of CF is 60 milliequivalents per liter of sweat chloride. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's possible to get cystic fibrosis without carrying the genes for it?

No: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetically inherited disease, so CF or cf-related disease (atypical cf, crms) rely on having at least 1 inherited gene. The other part of CF diagnosis is having an elevated sweat chloride. It is possible to have a positive sweat chloride due to other circumstances (thyroid imbalance, trisomy 21), but without CF genetics, there cannot be a diagnosis of cf. ...Read more

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In cystic fibrosis kids, how do you get them to swallow the enzymes?

Open the capsules: Enzyme capsules can be opened and the beads sprinkled on food or mixed with a food such as applesauce. This works well as long as the food is not acidic and the child doesn't chew the beads. There are also cups with a ledge to hold a pill or capsule that help a child learn to swallow pills with liquids. Teaching a child to swallow jelly beans can also work. ...Read more

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For what reasons might the pancreas get blocked by mucus in cystic fibrosis patients?

Thick: The secretions in cystic fibrosis are more viscous (thicker) than normal and interfere with normal drainage resulting in blockages of the bronchial tubes of the lung with resultant pneumonia and lung injury. Similar issues involve the pancreas. Newborns with the disease frequently have difficulty passing their bowel movements. ...Read more

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Do both parents have to be cystic fibrosis carriers for a child to get it?

Yes: Cystic fibrosis is an autosomal recessive disease which means that a person needs to inherit 2 abnormal genes in order to have the disease. Those 2 abnormal copies come one each from the 2 parents, so both parents need to be at least carriers. ...Read more

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My child as cystic fibrosis, how likely will he get pseudomonas aeruginosa?

Later in life: Patients with cystic fibrosis often get these bacteria in their airways by adulthood. The vast majority of adult CF patients have airways colonized with pseudomonas aeruginosa (pa). Younger patients (kids) tend not to have pa in their airways, but that can vary. ...Read more

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What can I do if my brother has a mild case of cystic fibrosis and my parents are making me get tested?

Cystic fibrosis: Good to know if you have the gene because sometimes clinical symptoms do not develope early. Also knowing if you are a one gene carrier (but not affected) helps with family planning in the future. ...Read more

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Can you get a pancreas transplant in cystic fibrosis?

Can you get a pancreas transplant in cystic fibrosis?

Yes: Yes you can. Some patients can get a lung pancreas or a liver, pancreas. They have done very well at our institution. ...Read more

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Where can I go to get a cystic fibrosis lung function test?

Where can I go to get a cystic fibrosis lung function test?

See pulmonologist: Consult physician who is pulmonologist, physician specializing in lung diseases, for examination and advice. Xray examination of chest may be part of workup. Blood and sweat tests are also utilized. ...Read more

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If you mother is a carrier of cystic fibrosis is it posibble for one of her children to get it in there audlt years.?

If you mother is a carrier of cystic fibrosis is it posibble for one of her children to get it in there audlt years.?

Not going to happen: The predominant forms of CF (70%) come from inheriting a delta f508 mutation from both parents. If the biological dad does not carry a CF gene, delta f508 or any of the dozens of similar minor mutations, the kid cannot suddenly develop CF. Carrier detection is available to test any potential parent, and many suggest people know the status of both if one is a known carrier. ...Read more

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My husband 82 yr old grandpa was diagnosis w cystic fibrosis. Should I get my kids tested one is 2 1/2 and 5 1/2 or never had any genetic tests done?

Doubt your Dx: There is a rare but different disease called fibrocystic disease of the lung. It has nothing at all to do with cystic fibrosis, which is evident in most kids in their first year. For one to live to 82 with the disease would likely be a world record. ...Read more

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My child as cystic fibrosis, how likely will he get pulmonary aspergillosis?

Possible but small %: Many people with cystic fibrosis have aspergillus (a fungus) in their airway, but in the vast majority of cases it does not cause disease. In a small percent of patients it may cause allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (abpa), and that can lead to lung damage. Abpa can usually be treated. ...Read more

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Hi I suffer with cystic fibrosis and I also have MRSA in the lungs and I was wondering if it is possible that I can get tattoos..

Hi I suffer with cystic fibrosis and I also have MRSA in the lungs and I was wondering if it is possible that I can get tattoos..

Be cautious: Speak with your pulmonologist who is most familiar with your current status for clearance, but Pseudomonas colonization in the lungs should not usually prevent you from having procedures performed on your skin. You have listed MRSA as one of your conditions, which may put you at much higher risk for severe skin infection from a tattoo. ...Read more

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If I have cystic fibrosis and get a lung transplant, will the disease eventually invade my new lungs?

No: The risk to the transplanted lungs are infection from bacteria left over from the old lungs, and acute and chronic rejection of the new lung by the body. Cystic fibrosis is a defect that is limited to the old lungs. ...Read more

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