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Old 10-29-2009, 06:03 PM   #1
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Daughter having sweat test on monday - help

My daughter came back as a carrier cf gene delf508 which apparently i am a carrier of and did not know it... my wife tested negative for 97 mutations - new york state has required that my daughter have a sweat test this monday just to make sure she does not have cf. According to my knowledge of both parents having to be carriers, im not sure why they are making us do this. Also i was curious- do both parent have to have matching cf genes for the baby to have the chance of developing this?... i feel pretty good about a negative sweat test but i am so scared for my little girl about the procedure. can someone shed some light on our situation and their experience with the test.

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Old 10-30-2009, 07:01 AM   #2
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Re: Daughter having sweat test on monday - help

Both parents have to be carriers to give a child CF; however, there are over 1500 cf mutations and if they only tested for 97, there is a chance that your child could very well have CF. The sweat test CAN be a good tool for inexpensive and early detection of CF IF it is properly adminstrated. But it is no longer considered the gold standard. DS' was a normal 32; however blood tests showed that he had two copies of a cf gene, meaning he had CF.

The test is fairly simple. They put little sweatbands on each arm (or leg) and wait several minutes and they remove them. Then you wait for the results to come back from the lab. It should only take a short period of time (minutes/hours), but usually the doctor wants to get the results and report them back to you.

Blood tests can take a week to several weeks depending upon whether they do ambry amplified or quest or just a basic test.

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