Overview

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.

Category

Cost

The cost of this test is AUD$150.00. 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.

Reporting time

5 - 10 working days (Diagnostic, Population and Cascade)

1 - 3 weeks (Prenatal)

Contacts

Ms Melanie Smith

Phone 1300 11 VCGS (8247)

Specimen Requirements

EDTA blood: Adult: 4 ml / Child: 1 - 2 ml or Saliva Sample.

Prenatal:

Amniotic Fluid 20 ml

Chorionic Villus 20 mg

Notes

Storage Requirements: Do not freeze. Store at 4°C or room temperature.

Genes tested