East Lansing MSU Cystic Fibrosis Pulmonary Lab

 

We offer numerous clinical services to our patients, including:

 

Sweat Testing

High concentrations of salt chemicals in the sweat may provide a conclusive diagnosis of CF. We collect sweat samples for analysis by our partner hospital.

 

Lung Function Testing

We provide a number of tests that measure pulmonary function in CF patients. We offer routine monitoring for children 5 years and older.

 

Genetic Analysis

Blood or cheek brushings are collected and tested for CF disease-causing gene mutations.

 

Microbiology Laboratory

CF patients are sometimes susceptible to opportunistic infections. Our partner hospital is certified by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) to use specialized culture media to isolate and characterize common organisms from the CF lung, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus and Burkholderia cepacia.

 

Fiber Optic Bronchoscopy

Using fiber optic technologies, we may directly visualize the airways, collect mucus secretions from the lower airways for culture, and to remove mucus plugs from the airways.

 

Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing

Through our exercise tests we have the capability to determine levels of physical activity and exercise tolerance in patients with CF, allowing us to prescribe exercise programs improve lung function and quality of life.