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Screening for Cystic Fibrosis

All babies born in New Hampshire are now required to have a cystic fibrosis screening test.

Diagnosing Cystic Fibrosis

If the screening result is positive, a child must have a sweat test. Because people with cystic fibrosis have an abnormal amount of salt in their sweat, the test measures the amount of that salt and helps a doctor arrive at a diagnosis.

Monitoring Cystic Fibrosis

During a patient's visit, the doctor may choose to perform one or more common tests. These tests measure many things, including how well the patient's respiratory system is functioning. After the test results come back, the doctor may prescribe a medication to fight an infection, or physical therapy to help clear mucus from the lungs.

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