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05-09-2011, 06:29 PM
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Nephews almost plight

Hey I figured this deserved its own thread (non hockey)

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/428291...eening-scares/

Almost a year and a half ago my sister had her first child, a healthy baby boy.

The doctors at his first checkup, (right after he got out of the hospital) gave my sister the results of a test that said he might have Cystic Fibrosis.

From what I understand that if both parents have just a little Mediterranean heritage that they could have a baby with it. But the first test leads to many false positives!

Thankfully he was tested again and he did not have it.
His mother, father, Uncle Pnut and many other relatives were very happy!

Let this be a warning that with the finger pricking test that is given to newborn babies, not just with Cystic Fibrosis, but most of these afflictions tested get "false positives". They are false because it is just a screening and not always done well or consistently. Also every state has a different set of constraints that testing is done under, making test results unreliable at best.

So please don't worry if anyone here is having a baby soon, or just had one and gets this terrible news of CF right after their child is born - it probably (90% of the time) is wrong(and once again most/all of these diseases that are checked under this screening test)!

Hopefully in the future there will be more accurate tests that get the diagnosis right the first time.

Its also cool that he was on the front page of MSNBC.com this morning (he and my sister still are as of now).

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Glad to see the test was wrong. I am sure it is a huge weight off the families shoulders.

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Glad to hear it worked out!

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i am such a facebook loser that I immediately went to hit the "like" button. That is excellent news. Scary how some of these tests can give false positives like that, especially with something so serious!!

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wow. scary stuff. i had no idea the false positives were so high. glad the kid's okay!

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Thanks everybody
I don't think they told her that the false positives were so high. Maybe because, if he did have it, you would hate to be the doctor to say he has it for sure (in that case). That would stink to say "guess what he has it".

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Wow awesome news dude

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Great news, and that boy is adorable!!

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My brother passed away from CF nearly a dozen years ago. For those of you who are unaware of the disease - it is a recessive gene, required by both parents to be carriers and on average will effect one in four children. Once my brother was diagnosed, both of my sisters were tested PRIOR to getting pregnant and tested negative. If they had tested positive, their spouses would've been tested and if they were positive, than they would've had a very difficult decision to make. Horrible disease - modern medicine has made the life expectancy longer, but parents should still expect to outlive their child(ren).

Glad to hear the nephew is okay.

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Wow awesome news dude
thanks!

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Great news, and that boy is adorable!!
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My brother passed away from CF nearly a dozen years ago. For those of you who are unaware of the disease - it is a recessive gene, required by both parents to be carriers and on average will effect one in four children. Once my brother was diagnosed, both of my sisters were tested PRIOR to getting pregnant and tested negative. If they had tested positive, their spouses would've been tested and if they were positive, than they would've had a very difficult decision to make. Horrible disease - modern medicine has made the life expectancy longer, but parents should still expect to outlive their child(ren).

Glad to hear the nephew is okay.
And I am sorry for your loss......

I don't think there is a history of this in my brother and laws family or mine.

Thanks to all again

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