WHAT IS A CYSTIC FIBROSIS SCREEN?
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is caused by a defective gene which causes the body to produce abnormally thick and sticky fluid, called mucus. This mucus builds up in the breathing passages of the lungs and in the pancreas, the organ that helps to break down and absorb food. This collection of sticky mucus results in life-threatening lung infections and serious digestion problems. The disease may also affect the sweat glands and a man’s reproductive system.
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WHAT IS THE PRICE FOR A CYSTIC FIBROSIS SCREEN?
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WHY WOULD I GET SCREENED FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS?
Millions of Americans carry the defective CF gene, but do not have any symptoms. That’s because a person with CF must inherit two defective CF genes — one from each parent. The disease is the most common, deadly, inherited disorder affecting Caucasians in the United States. It’s more common among those of Northern or Central European descent as well. Cystic Fibrosis is a common autosomal recessive disease affecting Caucasians, with an incidence of approximately 1 in 3,000 births and a carrier rate of 1 in 25 in the United States. Most children with CF are diagnosed by age 2. A small number, however, are not diagnosed until age 18 or older. These patients usually have a milder form of the disease.
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WHAT TYPE OF PHYSICIAN SHOULD I SEE?
You should see your primary care physician, who may refer you to a specialist.
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