Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis is the most common life threatening condition affecting newborns

TasIVF's in house Cystic Fibrosis screening program provides a result following a simple blood test of one partner.

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What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic disorder that affects the respiratory and digestive system, sweat glands and male fertility from infancy through to adulthood.

The gene involved in CF regulates the production of a protein in cells that controls the movement of salt in and out of cells. CF causes the formation of thick mucus that traps bacteria, resulting in infections that damage both the lungs and the gut.

Babies and children with CF need daily physiotherapy for their lungs and frequent courses of antibiotics to treat the bacterial infections.

Despite modern treatments there is currently no cure and CF sufferers have a reduced life expectancy

Cystic Fibrosis screening at TasIVF

TasIVF’s in-house CF screening program provides a fast result following a simple blood test of one partner. If the test is negative, the risk of your child being affected by CF is extremely low and there is no need for any further concern.

If, however, your test identifies you as a CF carrier, a specialist will recommend that your partner should be tested. Both parents need to be carriers of the CF mutation in order for the child to be affected.

In the event both partners are carriers, a full explanation of the risk of having a child affected by CF will be provided.

To learn more about Cystic Fibrosis testing please contact us.

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