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Adult Sweat Test (5920)

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Adult Sweat Test

To _______________________________________________

You have been scheduled for a sweat test

On ___________________________________ at ________________________

The sweat test is done in the Pediatric
Specialty Clinic at American Family
Children’s Hospital, 1675 Highland Ave,
Madison, WI. Please arrive 15 minutes
before your clinic visit and stop at the
registration desk when you arrive. If you
need to reschedule the test, please call the
American Family Children’s Hospital
schedulers at 608-263-6420 and select
option #2.

What is a sweat test?
Sweat tests are done to test for cystic
fibrosis. During the sweat test, we will
collect a small amount of sweat from the
forearms. The amount of chloride (salt) in
the sweat will be measured. Sweat tests are
done when a patient has symptoms or a
family history of cystic fibrosis.

How is a sweat test done?
Two electrodes will be placed on your
forearm for five minutes. These cause the
sweat glands to produce sweat. You will
notice a mild tingling feeling, but is not
painful. A collector is then placed on the
same spot to collect the sweat. Once the
sweat has collected it will be taken to the lab
for testing.

Will it matter what I have to eat or drink
before the test?
No, diet will not affect the sweat test results.

What if I’m taking antibiotics or other
You should keep taking any medicines as

What if I have a fever or rash?
Please contact the sweat test coordinator if
you have a fever or rash

How long will the test take?
It takes about one hour to complete the
sweat test.

When will the results be ready?
Results will be ready one hour after the test
is done. Test results will be sent to your
provider. You can call your provider’s
office to obtain the results.

Who can I call if I have questions?
For schedule questions:
American Family Children’s Hospital
schedulers – (608) 263-6420 option #2

For questions about the sweat test:
Pediatric Pulmonary Office/Cystic Fibrosis
Center - (608) 262-0340

For questions about newborn screening:
Genetic counselor - (608) 262-6228

How do I get to American Family
Children’s Hospital?
If you’re coming from the south of Madison
on highways 12/18 (Beltline Highway) take
Midvale Boulevard north to University Ave
and turn right. If you are coming from the
west, find your way to University Ave and
go east on University Ave. Take University
Ave. to University Bay Drive (traffic lights).
Turn left (north) onto University Bay Drive.
Watch for signs indicating patient and
visitor parking at the main entrance of the
American Family Children’s Hospital.

If you are coming from the east, find your
way to University Ave. Stay on University
Ave until it merges with Campus Drive.
When University Ave splits off to the left
you should keep to the right and merge onto
Campus Drive. Turn right onto University
Bay Drive and watch for patient and visitor
parking signs at the main entrance of the
American Family Children’s Hospital.

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor.
This is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because
each person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team
when using this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 5/2017 University of
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