The genetic counselor calls you with the test results. These results are also shared with your child’s primary care provider. Results differ by state, but there are four possible results for Ohio:
Negative Result: This means that a normal amount of salt was found in the sweat. It is very rare for a person to have CF if the sweat test result is negative. Your baby should get regular medical care, but no additional follow up is needed.
However, this result means your baby is most likely a CF carrier.
Positive Result: A positive sweat test means that your baby probably has CF. A second sweat test should be done to confirm a CF diagnosis. Your primary care doctor will help you get an appointment with a doctor and team of clinicians who specialize in treating CF.
Borderline Results: Sometimes the sweat test result will be in between positive and negative. Your baby will need another sweat test, and perhaps an exam and blood test.
(Quantity Not Sufficient): QNS means there was not enough sweat collected. You will be asked to bring your baby back for further testing when he/she is bigger, usually in about two weeks.