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Old 10-18-2006, 03:12 PM   #1
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Question question about sweat test

Hi Everyone,

My 16 month old son had a sweat test done this morning. We already have the results back, and it was 12. This is good! However, after reading through the message boards, I got concerned when I read that steroids can lower the reading. My son takes Flovent (an inhaled steroid) four times a day. He also takes albuterol every 3 hours. Neither drug does anything for him, but his pulmonologist wants him on them for another couple months anyway.

My question is will inhaled steroids affect the sweat test as well? We took him off Prelone last May, so that should be out of his system.

My son started wheezing at 6 months, and it's getting slowly but steadily worse. So far, we haven't found a way of alleviating the wheezing/coughing/rattling. He had prolonged bronchiolitis in April-May, is never without a URI, and has a chronic wet, productive cough. He's had 8 chest x-rays, and they all show excessive fluid in his lungs. If you put your hands on his chest, he rattles constantly. However, he is in the 90th % for height and weight, but eats no solid food, and still gets much of his nutrition from formula. His stools are perfect. Two weeks ago, he had a nasal-laryngoscope inserted in his nose/throat to assess superficially if he is aspirating, and when the ENT dr. saw into his throat, all THREE drs. in the room inhaled sharply at all the mucus that was everywhere. Thus we were sent for a sweat test.

We are being seen at Mayo Clinic, so I trust they are accredited. Any thoughts?

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