Your doctor ordered the sweat test to check for a disease called Cystic Fibrosis that can affect the lungs, pancreas, and growth. By having the sweat test performed at Akron Children's Hospital, you are having it done at a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCF)-accredited care center, an important step in helping your doctor with his or her evaluation. Please contact your doctor if you have specific questions about cystic fibrosis.
The sweat test collection takes about one hour from start to finish. Sweat is stimulated for five minutes by two electrodes containing special water-based gel discs. These are placed on the patient’s arm, or leg in the case of a small baby. The skin may feel warm and tingly, but the procedure is not painful. The electrodes are removed and a disc is placed on the arm to collect the sweat. During this time the patient and caregivers either remain in the collection room or go to the lab’s waiting room. After 30 minutes, the disc is removed and the sweat is tested in the lab. The procedure is performed on both arms.
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