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Hi, my husband and I have been married for two years and we are thinking about starting a family. The problem is that my brother died of cystic fibrosis when he was twelve. I remember the pain and the suffering that the whole family was going through and I wouldn't like to go through this again with my child. I would like to know how I could prevent this from happening. Is there some test that would determine if my child will have a cystic fibrosis?

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Hi, cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder and if your brother suffered from it, there is a chance that you are a carrier of mutated gene that causes cystic fibrosis. If your husband has no family history of cystic fibrosis there is a great possibility that he is not a carrier of the mutated gene and that you will have a healthy offspring, because cystic fibrosis has been diagnosed only in children whose both parents are carriers. Because you are very concerned about this I would suggest that you and your husband get tested to see if you are carriers of the mutated gene. However, because mutation in the gene may pass undetected, I would also recommend that when you get pregnant you do an amniocentesis test, just to be sure. This test means that a doctor will use a syringe to take the amniotic fluid that has the same genes as your baby and do the required test.
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My boyfriend felt a lump underneath his rib cage in the upper middle of his abdoman..he has no pain at all..could that be cancerous or what could it be exactly?
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I know that this thread hasn't been so busy, and the original poster may have found all of the information she was looking for. But I recommend digging deeper and find out more about preimplantation diagnosis, as eg PGD one, that significantly increases chances of having a healthy child, especially in case of being CF carrier

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