The National Institutes of Health (NIH) publishes up-to-date information about testing for cystic fibrosis on its Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center webpage (GARD). This is their FAQ about testing and resources. It discusses what situations warrant genetic testing, what tests are available and how much they cost, and how to find genetic counselors and clinics in your area.
To see the types of genetic tests available, the GARD website links to a comprehensive Search Engine at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
The search engine returns 174 results for cystic fibrosis tests. Some of the tests are full sequencing; some cover deletions and duplications; some are panel tests that look for a subset of possible mutations, and some are tests that look for CFTR mutations and mutations associated with other lung and/or pancreatic diseases.
There are a variety of filters to add to a search, including by test type.
Labs generally do not accept test requests from individuals/patients. However, it can be helpful to understand the options available to you or your child and to discuss them with your doctor.
Written by: Melissa75 on April 20, 2016.on December 10, 2016.