Cystic Fibrosis Testing

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Cystic Fibrosis

Nemours helps children recieve the expert Cystic Fibrosis treatment and care they need.

Nemours’ cystic fbrosis (CF) teams teach children and their families about CF and how to manage the condition on a daily basis. Our CF programs are nationally accredited as CF Care Centers by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Membership in this network helps us to ensure that children living with cystic fibrosis get the expert treatment they need to live longer, healthier lives.

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Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. It makes kids who have it more vulnerable to repeated lung infections. This is because it causes the lungs to produce thick, sticky mucus that clogs the airways. The intestines are also affected in a way that interferes with the body’s ability to digest and absorb food.

Our team of health care providers works together to support your child and family, educating you about cystic fibrosis treatment and how to manage the condition on a daily basis. We focus on meeting the needs of our patients from birth to age 18.

Nemours offers:
  • newborn screening
  • diagnostic testing, the gold standard of which is a sweat test performed in one of our state-of-the-art laboratories
  • cystic fibrosis treatment for newly diagnosed infants and children
  • long-term care plans
  • assistance with transitioning our teenage patients to adult CF programs
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Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando

13535 Nemours Parkway
Orlando, FL 32827
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For Appointments: (407) 650-7715

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
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Bring these forms for your first appointment:

Returning Patients
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
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    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
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New Patient Forms
Returning Patient Forms
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
    English | Spanish
    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Resources for Patients & Families
Newborn Screening for Cystic Fibrosis
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Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando offers comprehensive cystic fibrosis (CF) treatment in a family-oriented and convenient environment, with all care provided at one location. Our program is a nationally accredited Cystic Fibrosis Center, and one of only 120 accredited CF centers nationwide.

Our pediatric cystic fibrosis team includes:

  • pulmonologists
  • geneticists
  • cystic fibrosis clinical nurse specialists
  • registered dietitians
  • respiratory therapists
  • physical therapists
  • social workers

In addition, we participate in CF Transparency, a CF Foundation-sponsored initiative that encourages CF centers across the country to openly share outcome data with CF families. These insights also help us identify areas for improvement so we can deliver on our promise of excellence in CF care.

Cystic Fibrosis Treatment for Kids in Orlando


Sweat Testing for Cystic Fibrosis

Since symptoms can vary greatly, a sweat test is used to diagnose cystic fibrosis (CF) as early as possible. Early symptoms are often similar to those of other childhood health problems. As a result, CF may go undiagnosed — or misdiagnosed — for years.

Learn More About Sweat Testing at Nemours Children's Hospital »

Respiratory Care

Because monitoring and maintaining good respiratory function is essential for all children with cystic fibrosis, several tests are standard parts of the routine care we provide, including:

  • chest X-rays
  • bacterial studies of sputum (mucus from the chest) to look for the growth of bacteria in the lungs
  • pulmonary function tests (PFTs) to measure lung function

Lung function is one of the primary ways we track the overall health of our CF patients. Our caregivers follow all the national guidelines for care, and because of our participation in quality improvement efforts, we have seen a consistent upward climb in our patients’ overall lung function.

We also provide routine pulmonary therapy (treatments to maintain lung function). Our respiratory therapists are skilled in airway clearance techniques and can educate children and families on the most effective ways to maintain clear airways.

Nutritional Support

Another part of our routine care includes blood tests to evaluate your child’s nutritional status. Cystic fibrosis puts children at risk for slow growth, difficulty gaining weight and a decreased ability to fight infection. They are also likely to have a condition called pancreatic insufficiency, which means that the digestive enzymes created in the pancreas aren't properly passed into the intestines.

By providing good overall nutrition, along with extra fat and calories and prescribed vitamin and enzyme supplements, you can help your child with CF grow healthy and strong. A CF-registered dietitian can design a medical nutrition therapy plan and track your child’s growth and weight gain over time.

Education and Emotional Support

Education is a key component in our goal to help your child and family manage cystic fibrosis. We teach you what to do in emergencies, provide education and the latest information about the disease, and host support groups with speakers and topics ranging from insurance issues to community and school resources. If needed, social workers are available to help your family with issues like funding care, insurance coverage and transitioning your teen into adult CF programs.

We also take into account the emotional toll of living with CF. Children with CF often have periods where they cannot interact with other children because of the risk of developing infections. Nemours CF experts understand how lonely this can be, so we’ve developed resources to help children cope with these feelings. We offer newsletters and support groups, and often pair children of similar ages so they can develop friendships among their peers.

Electronic Health Record: Keeping Track of Your Child’s Progress

No matter where your child receives care at Nemours, your medical team (including your primary care provider) can access your child’s medical history, test results and visit notes anytime through our award-winning electronic health record system.

You can also view parts of your child's health records, communicate with your Nemours care team, make appointments, request prescription refills and more through our MyNemours online patient portal.

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Coping and Support for Your Child and Family

Nemours Children’s Hospital offers an array of support services for your child and family. Our nurse navigators, educators, social workers and Child Life specialists provide:

  • care coordination (schedule multiple appointments, tests, procedures and at-home care at convenient times and places)
  • communication (keep your primary care physician and community providers informed and in the loop)
  • collaboration (help build a support system and connect you with families that are on the same journey)
  • support at the hospital and clinic (offer medical play therapy and procedure/surgery demonstration to ease fears)
  • consultation (provide educational planning services, resources and training for the school system and community agencies)
  • advocacy (offer a voice for your child and family to secure appropriate services at school and in the community)

Learn More About the Support Services Available at Nemours Children’s Hospital »