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#1 MotherMonkey

Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:23 PM

(so sorry if this has already been asked but couldn't find it amongst the posts...)
Just wanting to know if anyone has had the test for cystic fibrosis performed? And if so, how much does it cost?
There is no history of cystic fibrosis in either of our families, but obviously that doesn't rules us out as being recessive carriers...I just hate to think I didn't do everything I could...

#2 Moffetta

Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:31 PM

Do you mean get the bub tested in utero? If you are concerned maybe just get your partner tested. You both need to be carriers for the baby to get it and I personally think it would be easier for him to be tested then yet another for you to go through.

Wait I'm confused actually do you mean getting tested before falling pregnant or are you already pregnant?


#3 Eirinn

Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:34 PM

There are lots of things you could be a carrier of.....I wouldn't bother if I were you.

#4 MotherMonkey

Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:34 PM

Already pregnant Moffetta (16wks), my obs offered it to me as he says he does everyone, & it's just a mouth swab so it won't affect the baby...
So only one of us would need to be tested (unless the one tested turned out to be a carrier?)

#5 Threelittleducks

Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:35 PM

Yes - it was a few years ago now, so our prices may be out of date. If I recall correctly, only one of you needs to be tested and assuming you're not a carrier, that's all you need to know.
There was no reimbursement from Medicare and it cost around $200. You may be able to claim a deduction at tax time.

ETA - We were tested as part of fertility treatment prior to falling pregnant.....

Good Luck

Edited by Twolittleducks, 25 February 2013 - 07:39 PM.


#6 **mj**

Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:37 PM

I had a blood test for this prior to falling pregnant as I do have a family history. For me it was free and the results become part of a study for Womens & Childrens Hospital. I am a carrier.
Thankfully my husband tested negative so we dint have to look any further in to what to do. I cant remember now if they tested my kids to follow the line.. hmm might have to check that out next time im at our Dr's.

GL

#7 Wineandchocolate

Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:40 PM

We just had a blood test (my DH and I) as there is a history of it in my family.  We are both carriers.  But as others have said, both parents need to be at least a carrier for there to be any possibility of your baby being affected, so only one of you needs to be tested initially.  If that test comes back as positive, then the other parent should get tested too.

#8 Moffetta

Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:42 PM

What would you do if it was positive?

I wouldn't bother, I would wait for the heel prick, this comes from someone who has a niece with CF.

I personally think there are much worse things out there and with proper treatment life expectancy is these days is to too bad.

Eta: I wouldn't bother if there was no history.

Edited by Moffetta, 25 February 2013 - 07:44 PM.


#9 CFMummy

Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:44 PM

Why are you so worried or are you hoping your child may have this horendess genetic disease.
The test will only check for the most common genes and with no family history your chances are extreamly low.
I have a DD with CF she has no known genes as yet so my advice is dont waste your time or money unless you are so sure you are a carrier that you wouldnt keep the child anyway

#10 TillyTake2

Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:51 PM

What would you do if it was positive? If you wouldn't terminate then why test. I have a friend with a beautiful little boy with CF. I can't imagine him not being here.

#11 caninestorm

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:01 PM

I have CF, no family history.

Keep in mind that the swab test only tests for the most common mutation. There are actually over one thousand different mutations, most of which we cannot test for here in Australia. If I had no family history I probably wouldn't worry about the test.

#12 Tammoi01

Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:43 AM

QUOTE (MotherMonkey @ 25/02/2013, 08:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
(so sorry if this has already been asked but couldn't find it amongst the posts...)
Just wanting to know if anyone has had the test for cystic fibrosis performed? And if so, how much does it cost?
There is no history of cystic fibrosis in either of our families, but obviously that doesn't rules us out as being recessive carriers...I just hate to think I didn't do everything I could...


Neither my partner or I have any family history, but as this is our first baby we want to know everything to prepare ourselves. No we wouldn't terminate, but my partner likes to be prepared for any situation.
So we did the test, I'm pretty sure it was around $200 with no medicare rebate. But if you've got the paperwork and the swab stick from your ob, all the info should be in there.

#13 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:31 AM

I did the blood test for Cystic Fibrosis, Fragile X and one other I cannot remember. It cost $385 and is non-Mediaid.

However I already carry a genetic condition I have a good chance of passing on and that combined with Downs etc would mean a really disabled child which isn't fair.

Also there's guilt factor. My father is so upset and guilty about my condition, but the fact is that he DIDN'T know.


#14 Stoked

Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:51 AM

I had it done last year and it cost $220 (in Victoria).

#15 MotherMonkey

Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:53 AM

QUOTE (CFMummy @ 25/02/2013, 08:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why are you so worried or are you hoping your child may have this horendess genetic disease.


CFMummy this forum is for asking questions and advice, your comment is not helpful to anyone. I, like everyone else, just hopes for a healthy child & am wanting to do everything in my power to achieve this. When an obstetrician offers you a test it is nice to have all the details.

#16 bright*future

Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:11 AM

My husband and I both did the mouth swabs through a fertility clinic (I think you could probably get the same thing doen through a GP?) and it was about $250 and the results were back within about a week.

#17 Soontobegran

Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:18 AM

QUOTE (CFMummy @ 25/02/2013, 08:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why are you so worried or are you hoping your child may have this horendess genetic disease.


What were you thinking responding with this? unsure.gif

#18 eM_Mille

Posted 27 February 2013 - 03:22 PM

I had a soft marker show up on my 19 week US (echogenic bowel) so DH and I had a blood test to rule out a bunch of things, including CF. It came back that neither of us are carriers so unlikely our baby will have CF (they only test for the most common types so it doesn't 100% rule it out).

In order to have a child with CF you must have two carriers as parents, but even then there is only 1/4 chance of the baby having CF (50% chance you'll have a baby who is a carrier themselves but doesn't actually have active CF, 25% chance they are not a carrier and 25% chance they have the disease).

Hope that helps. If it's a simple mouth swab and it might help reduce your anxiety I don't see the harm.




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