Cystic Fibrosis Screening

What Is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic disorder that affects the respiratory and digestive system from infancy through to adulthood. Babies and children with Cystic Fibrosis 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 sufferers have a reduced life expectancy.

Is Cystic Fibrosis Common?

Cystic Fibrosis is the most common life threatening genetic condition affecting Australian newborns. One in every 2,500 babies, male or female, born in Australia will have CF.

Could Your Child be at risk of having Cystic Fibrosis?

For a child to have Cystic Fibrosis both parents must be carriers of the gene fault responsible for CF. When two CF carriers have a child there is a 1 in 4 chance their child will be affected by Cystic Fibrosis. 

Cystic Fibrosis Screening at Melbourne IVF

A Cystic Fibrosis Screening blood test is available at Virtus Diagnostics and recommended for one partner initially. If the test is positive identifying you as a carrier of CF the specialist will recommend your partner also be tested. If both members of a couple are shown to be carriers, referral for genetic counselling can be arranged.

Test Costs

Screening for CF mutations is not covered by Medicare. For current test fees, please contact Virtus Diagnostics on 1800 090 325.

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