screening test (NBS) is often is referred to
as the "PKU" test, but the NBS test screens for
more than just PKU. It tests babies for between 3 and 8
hereditary disorders. The test is done to find out if
your baby has inherited a disorder for which early
treatment can prevent death or mental retardation. It is
very important that your baby is tested as soon as
possible. Even parents who have no family history of
these disorders, or who have already had healthy children
can still have children with these disorders. In fact,
most children with these disorders come from families
with no previous history of the condition.
The NBS blood test is performed by pricking your baby's heel and putting a few drops of blood on a special filter paper. The paper is sent to the laboratory where several tests are performed. The results are then sent to your hospital and doctor. If the test shows abnormal results, you will be notified and given directions on what to do. Follow the directions carefully. Usually additional tests will be necessary to determine if your child has the disorder.
Each state has different laws surrounding newborn screening in their state, and all babies are screened within the guidelines of these individual state laws. This means that your state could screen for as few as 3 disorders. To find out which of the disorders your state screens for in the NBS panel, click here:
Note that the disorders screened
for by each private lab are different. For more info on these labs click here.
DETECTED THROUGH "TRADITIONAL" NBS METHODS
INFO ABOUT NBS
A Parent's Guide to Newborn Screening
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What disorders does your state screen
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Baylor Medical Center
Prenatal diagnosis info can be obtained from April L. Studinski, MS, CGC, Biochemical Genetics Laboratory, Mayo Clinic Phone: 507-255-3681. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Parents of Children with Special Needs
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