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A cystic fibrosis diagnosis might not be made until after symptoms appear, which may happen sometime in the first year of life or later on. The good news is that advances in screening and genetic testing have made it possible to pinpoint the disease before it has a chance to cause irreversible damage.
  1. Common Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis
  2. Advanced Symptoms and Complications of Cystic Fibrosis
  3. Screening and Diagnostic Tests
  4. Genetic Testing: Pinpointing the Problem in DNA

Common Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis

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No two people experience cystic fibrosis in exactly the same way, but there are some symptoms that most people with the disease can expect to have at some point.

Advanced Symptoms and Complications of Cystic Fibrosis

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When cystic fibrosis goes untreated or is poorly controlled, symptoms indicating that the disease is causing problems start to appear. Sometimes, even when people with cystic fibrosis are doing everything right and are responding well to treatment, complications will still arise.

Screening and Diagnostic Tests

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Testing for cystic fibrosis can be done before a baby is born, immediately after birth, or at any age that symptoms begin to appear.

Genetic Testing: Pinpointing the Problem in DNA

U.S. Dept of Energy Genomes Program

The gene that causes cystic fibrosis was discovered in 1989. That discovery opened the door to precise genetic testing that can accurately diagnosis cystic fibrosis even before symptoms appear.

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