How is cys­tic fi­bro­sis di­ag­nosed?

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Most cases of cys­tic fi­bro­sis are now iden­ti­fied with new­born screen­ing. In ad­di­tion to a com­plete med­i­cal his­tory and phys­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion, di­ag­nos­tic pro­ce­dures for cys­tic fi­bro­sis in­clude a sweat test to mea­sure the amount of sodium chlo­ride (salt) present. Higher than nor­mal amounts of sodium and chlo­ride sug­gest cys­tic fi­bro­sis. Other di­ag­nos­tic pro­ce­dures in­clude: • Chem­i­cal tests • Chest X-rays • Lung func­tion tests • Spu­tum cul­tures • Stool eval­u­a­tions For ba­bies, who do not pro­duce enough sweat, blood tests may be used.

Treat­ment for cys­tic fi­bro­sis

Spe­cific treat­ment for cys­tic fi­bro­sis will be de­ter­mined by the physi­cian based on: • Age, over­all health, and med­i­cal his­tory • Ex­tent of the dis­ease • Ex­pec­ta­tions for the course of the dis­ease • Tol­er­ance for spe­cific med­i­ca­tions,

pro­ce­dures, or ther­a­pies • The pa­tient opin­ion or pref­er­ence

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