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Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening

The state of Ohio now performs newborn screening for cystic fibrosis (CF). The screening test helps find babies who might have cystic fibrosis so that they may be treated early. Early treatment means that there is a better chance that a baby with CF will grow up with fewer complications and an improved quality of life.

What Does a Positive Newborn Screen Mean?

A positive newborn screen does not mean that your baby has CF. If your baby has a positive newborn screen, a special test called a sweat test must be done to confirm a diagnosis. Your pediatrician will refer you to University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s LeRoy W. Matthews Cystic Fibrosis Center for a sweat test to determine if your baby has CF.

Testing will take place two to four weeks after the birth of your baby to provide the most accurate result. To schedule a sweat test and genetic counseling, call 216-286-4173.

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To schedule an appointment with one of our cystic fibrosis specialists, please call 216-844-1750.

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