Mixed Messages: When the Sweat Test Is Negative but the Symptoms Look Like CF
Posted Aug 24 2008 6:59pm
The sweat test used to be the gold standard for determining whether a person has cystic fibrosis. With the advent of more definitive diagnostic procedures such as pre-implantation, prenatal and newborn screening for cystic fibrosis, getting a correct diagnosis is far easier than it used to be.
But what happens when you or your child still exhibits symptoms that are common to cystic fibrosis? How do you determine whether to keep pushing for more genetic testing to confirm CF, or whether it’s time for you and your doctor to start looking at other possibilities?
Here are the most common diseases that present with symptoms very similar to cystic fibrosis: