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Sweat Chloride Test (Sweat Test)

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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about the sweat chloride test. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand.

WHAT IS A SWEAT CHLORIDE TEST?
A sweat chloride test is done to check for cystic fibrosis.

CAN I STAY WITH MY CHILD DURING THIS TEST?
Yes, parents should stay with their child throughout the test.

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO GET MY CHILD READY FOR THE TEST?
Please do not put any lotion on your child’s skin for 48 hours before the test. Please maintain your child’s normal diet and fluids.

SHOULD MY CHILD WEAR SPECIAL CLOTHES FOR THE TEST?
Dress your child in warm clothes the day of the test. Your child needs to sweat a little for the test. A long-sleeve shirt should be worn if possible.

HOW IS THE TEST DONE?
The laboratory technician will wash and dry your child’s forearm. Some gauze pads soaked with special chemicals are then placed on the forearm. Electrodes are connected to the gauze pads. The electrodes are turned on and an electrical current will stimulate the skin for 10 minutes. (The current is so weak there is no risk of electrocution). There is a slight tingling sensation. The gauze pads are then removed and the skin is washed and dried. Then, a sponge is placed over this area and wrapped with clear film and taped in place. This patch is kept on the forearm for 30 minutes. The test is not painful.

WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD AND I DO WHILE WE ARE WAITING FOR THE PATCH TO BE REMOVED?
You can sit in the waiting areas in the hospital, go to the cafeteria or play in the courtyard. Please do not leave the hospital during this time. If the patch becomes loose, return to the laboratory.

HOW WILL I FIND OUT THE RESULTS OF THE TEST?
The lab will contact your doctor the same day with the results. Your doctor will notify you.

PDF: Child Health Information - SWEAT CHLORIDE TEST (Sweat Test)

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Corregido: 1993, 1998, 2000, 2003

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

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Revised: 1993, 1998, 2000, 2003

 

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