Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited condition affecting breathing and digestion. CF causes the build-up of thick mucus which traps bacteria, resulting in recurrent infections that damage the lungs. Thick mucus in the gut also makes digestion of food difficult. People with CF require daily physiotherapy to clear mucus from their lungs, frequent courses of antibiotics and need to take medicine to help with digestion. There is no cure for CF but better treatments are under research and development.
We screen for 175 cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) variants and 178 in diagnostic tests. See the full list of CF variants.
The cost of this test is AUD$212.50. If patients have a close family history of cystic fibrosis, they may be eligible for a Medicare rebate. For more information about item numbers refer to the Medicare Benefits Schedule Book, Category 6, 1 July 2018 (pages 142-143).
This test available to order and pay online. NB. Patients must have a completed doctors request form to order this test online.
5 - 10 working days (Diagnostic, Population and Cascade)
1 - 3 weeks (Prenatal)
EDTA blood: Adult: 4 ml / Child: 1 - 2 ml or Saliva Sample.
Amniotic Fluid 20 ml
Chorionic Villus 20 mg
Storage Requirements: Do not freeze. Store at 4°C or room temperature.