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Question: Cystic Fibrosis


 scook - Mon Dec 29, 2003 3:29 pm

:( Does having salt in you sweat, necessarily mean that you have Cystic fibrosis?
 Dr. Russell M - Tue Dec 30, 2003 1:03 am

User avatar Hi!

I have salt in my sweat, and I sure hope I don't have any cystic fibrosis! Cystic fibrosis presents usually at 6-8 months. It is an inherited disease usually seen in white males.

There is increased chloride content in the sweat (greater than 60mEq/L). This should be associated with lung/pancreatic disease or a family history of cystic fibrosis (usually in siblings) to diagnose cystic fibrosis.

Hope this helps.

Warm regards,

-Bill

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