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Newborn screening tests

Introduction: Newborn screening tests

Screening of newborn babies for various medical conditions is common practice in many countries. However, exactly which conditions are tested for varies greatly with location and country. In some cases, these conditions are not even necessarily the most likely conditions, but such patterns have grown over many years according to the varied policies of health authorities and governing organizations.

Newborn screening is usually performed by a heel prick causing blood drops which are collected and sent off to a laboratory. This is an unpleasant test to witness as a parent, even when it is done well. Given the rare nature of most of the conditions tested for, an election not to have your baby screened may be a consideration. On the other hand, some conditions can be deadly to a newborn if undiagnosed, but may be treatable if detected (e.g. PKU).

Some of the conditions that may be tested for include:

Newborn screening tests

Newborn screening tests: Disease screening tests done on newborns.

Basic Information: Newborn screening tests

Disease or Condition count: 0; see list of conditions below. These are the diseases or medical conditions in which the medical test 'Newborn screening tests' may be involved.

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