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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more


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Are genetic screens of newborns mandatory?

Are genetic screens of newborns mandatory?

No: Newborn screens are performed with every birth. Not mandated by law but they are highly recommended as they identify inborn errors that can be treated before they cause permanent damage to your infant. ...Read more

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What is the current drug screen preformed on newborns?

What is the current drug screen preformed on newborns?

Meconium/urine: Urine drug screens are rapid tests that can detect very recent maternal drug use. Meconium is tested to determine use within the last 4-5 months of pregnancy. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: newborn screen?

What is the definition or description of: newborn screen?

Newborn screen defin: It's a screening for major genetics, metabolic and developmental newborn diseases with substantial variation in the number of disorders screened for in each state. In 2012 american college of genetics advocated for uniform screening panel of 29 core (primary) conditions to be included in state newborn screening panels: 20 inborn errors of metabolism, 3 hemoglobinopathies, and 6 other conditions. ...Read more

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If I have an autoimmune thyroid disease would it not be detected in a basic thyroid screen?

If I have an autoimmune thyroid disease would it not be detected in a basic thyroid screen?

Autoimmune thyroid: Autoimmune thyroid disease will not be detected in a basic thyroid screen which refers to T4 and a TSH and not thyroid antibodies. Autoimmune thyroid disease is detected by specific antibodies. Tpoab ( peroxidase antibodies) , tgab ( thyroglobulin antibodies) and trab ( thyroid stimulating receptor ab). Autoimmune thyroiditis is diagnosed by careful exam in conjunction with thyroid ab. ...Read more

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How often could newborn screening need retested?

How often could newborn screening need retested?

Which screening ??: Metabolic screening is usually done after 24 hours and again after a week. Further study is not indicated unless a clinical indication arised.Hearing screening is generally done at any point prior to hospital discharge and repeated until the kid passes or a decision is made for a more specific test. Hearing is also screened at any future point if a parent has concerns that the kid is not hearing. ...Read more

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How can you know if your newborn has a thyroid problem?

How can you know if your newborn has a thyroid problem?

Congenital: hypothyroidism is a condition in the newborn of low or nonfunctioning thyroid. It can occur because of abnormal thyroid gland anatomy, inborn errors of metabolism or nutritional deficiency of hormone precursors. Rarely, maternal antibodies cross the placenta and cause the disruption. This is one of the disorders routinely checked for in newborn metabolic screens. Blood tests can confirm. ...Read more

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What screening tests do newborns get?

Blood and hearing : Around 24 hours old babies should have blood drawn for a newborn screen and bilirubin. The newborn screen is a test that looks for genetic and metabolic diseases (the number of diseases tested varies by state). The results usually come back in 3 weeks. The bilirubin will come back in a few hours and is a measure of jaundice in the baby. Newborns also get a hearing test before hospital discharge. ...Read more

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What is a hearing screening for newborns?

Screen for problems: Many states require infant hearing screening tests before your newborn leaves the hospital. These are done to detect any difficulties your baby may have with hearing early on so that proper therapies can be initiated as soon as possible. However many babies do not pass this initial screening and are not deaf. They simply need to repeat the test once discharged and many will then pass. ...Read more

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How newborns are screened for hearing loss?

How newborns are screened for hearing loss?

Newborn hearing test: A technique using emitted signals from the inner ear hair cells called otoacoustic emissions is used. This does not require the child to react to the sound in any way, but rather relies on a signal from the inner ear brought about by sending a combination of frequencies into the child's ear. It is a good screening test, but like all screening tests has limitations. ...Read more

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more


Dr. Cornelius O'Leary Jr
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more