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?
See doctor. They will order appropriate tests. Please see cff. Org.
History, physical. The first thing that a pulmonologist will do is ask you questions about your history of breathing problems, stomach issues, infections, etc. Breathing tests, a chest xray and a ct scan may follow. If these are all pointing to unexplained bronchiectasis, a sweat chloride test will follow... If this is abnromal the diagnosis is made. If it is indeterminate, a genetic test might follow.

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How can you get easily checked up for cystic fibrosis?

Simple test. Cystic fibrosis is a chronic genetic disorder which can cause lung problems, poor absorption of nutrients from the diet, and other conditions. The symptoms usually start in the first year of life. A test call the 'sweat chloride test' is used to make the diagnosis. It is one your doctor can order.
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.

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.

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.
Yes and No. Cystic fibrosis, cf, is a genetic disorder and is present from birth. However, in mild forms of CF it may not cause many symptoms or be diagnosed until adulthood. Te diagnosis is based on sweat testing or genetic testing. Although uncommon, cases of CF can be diagnosed at your age.

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.

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.

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.

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

No - Genetic defect. Cystic fibrosis is caused by a defective gene which results in alteration of a protein that regulates movement of salt and water in and out of cells. This leads to thick sticky mucus and very salty sweat. The thick mucus can block tubes both in the lungs and in the abdomen, especially the pancreas.
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.

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).