Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Newborns in all 50 states are routinely screened for cystic fibrosis. For adults or older children who weren't screened at birth, make an appointment with your doctor if you or your child has signs or symptoms common to cystic fibrosis. After the initial evaluation, you may be referred to a doctor who specializes in cystic fibrosis.

Here's some information to help you prepare for your appointment, as well as what to expect from your doctor.

What you can do

You may want to write a list that answers these questions:

  • What symptoms are you or your child experiencing?
  • When did the symptoms start, and does anything make them better or worse?
  • Has anyone in your family ever had cystic fibrosis?
  • Has growth been normal and weight been stable?

What to expect from your doctor

After obtaining detailed information about the symptoms and your family's medical history, your doctor may order some tests to help with diagnosis.

Jun. 13, 2012