What is the role of a sweat chloride test in the workup of pediatric rectal prolapse?

Updated: Nov 12, 2018
  • Author: Jaime Shalkow, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Since the potentially disastrous consequences of missing the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis, and because of the improved prognosis associated with early diagnosis and institution of treatment, the sweat chloride test is indicated in all patients who present with rectal prolapse without an underlying anatomic abnormality.


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