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Old 03-31-2009, 10:59 AM   #1
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questions about my 7 year old

Hi,

My son is scheduled for a sodium chloride test next Monday. He's been sick with a nasty wet cough that doesn't really respond to any meds for almost six months. He's had lots of sinus and ear infections as well as pretty bad spring allergies.

I thought that children were usually diagnosed with CF as babies. Is it possible to have CF and not know about it until a child is seven years old?

We lost a child due to a congenital heart defect 10 years ago, so we're just sick over the possiblity of our little guy having CF.

 
Old 03-31-2009, 11:16 AM   #2
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Re: questions about my 7 year old

There are many cases where individuals aren't diagnosed until later in life. Some are misdiagnosed as having asthma, irritable bowel syndrome -- any number of illnesses. Even some aren't diagnosed until they are adults.

Is the sweat chloride test being conducted at an accredditted CF facility?

 
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:27 AM   #3
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Re: questions about my 7 year old

It's being conducted at a children's hospital, I don't know how I find out if it's an accredited CF facility-

 
Old 03-31-2009, 12:26 PM   #4
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Re: questions about my 7 year old

You could check to see if there's a cystic fibrosis foundation chapter in your area.

 
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