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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Newborn Screen Abnormal (Overview)

Newborn screen abnormal is a test result meaning the government-required blood test on newborns has at least one abnormal result. An abnormal result means the baby may have one of the approximately 50-100 rare diseases tested for on the newborn screen.


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What is the definition or description of: newborn screen?

What is the definition or description of: newborn screen?

A blood test: This is most likely referring to a heal stick blood test that is performed at 24-48 hours after first feeding to test for different inherited diseases some of which have a very simple treatment to avoid complications. Each stat has it's own list of diseases it screens for. Almost all include hypothyroid, sickle cell, galactosemia and more. Often referred to as the pku test since phenylketonuria. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Newborn Screen Abnormal (Overview)

Newborn screen abnormal is a test result meaning the government-required blood test on newborns has at least one abnormal result. An abnormal result means the baby may have one of the approximately 50-100 rare diseases tested for on the newborn screen.


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How long before sickle cell disease can be tested for after the newborn screen?

How long before sickle cell disease can be tested for after the newborn screen?

Soon!: All states and the district of columbia screen for sickle cell disease as part of the newborn screen. The testing is very accurate and really doesn't need to be repeated if it is normal. If it is abnormal and confirmatory testing is desired it can an should be done promptly so appropriate treatment can be started as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

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Is breastfeeding a Duarte Galactosemic (D/G) safe? Borderline 1st newborn screen, normal 2nd screen after 9 days of being breastfed exclusively.

Is breastfeeding a Duarte Galactosemic (D/G) safe? Borderline 1st newborn screen, normal 2nd screen after 9 days of being breastfed exclusively.

Probably fine: It is a rare disorder. Seems that those kids that have it present with mild jaundice. Controversy as to whether to keep them on a galactose free formula. Check for enzyme levels at 1 year. Speak to your local geneticist about recurrence risk and counseling. ...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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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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What is the result of neonatal screen positive in inherited metabolic disorders?

What is the result of neonatal screen positive in inherited metabolic disorders?

Depends: A screening test is a relatively simple & inexpensive test designed to narrow down the number of patients brought in for the more expensive specific tests. For every 10, 000 screened, 100 may show positive & secondary tests will show 2--3 with a real problem. The screen eliminated 99% that didn't need a specific test.The state notifies me of + screens & we get the tests.If a real pbm, rx is atarted. ...Read more

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What does having an IgA abnormal blood result mean in relation to celiac screen?

What does having an IgA abnormal blood result mean in relation to celiac screen?

IgA and celiac: Iga type antibodies are the specific ones we are usually looking for in order to make the diagnosis of celiac disease. We can find them in blood, stool or tissues. Simply finding them in the blood is not enough to make the diagnosis for certain. If your total IgA level is low, it may distort the test result for celiac disease and make it look like you don't have it when you could have it after all. ...Read more

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Why is my newborn skull an abnormal shape?

Why is my newborn skull an abnormal shape?

Several things: There are many growth lines in the baby skull that push apart from each other in normal growth. If a major line fuses early, a progressive skull deformity may result ; surgery may be needed. Most unusual skull shapes today are due to sleeping position ; improve with age. If your feel hard ridges where the suture lines join you need to see your doctor. If referral is needed tests will confirm it. ...Read more

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Isn't it unusual to to give a newborn a low dose of morphine to handle withdrawal from percocet?

Yes: Depending on situation, giving newborns narcotics is used to help them wean from mothers that were taking narcotics during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Do I have lupus? Ana screen came back as positive/abnormal. Ana titers are 1:320. Dna test came back as normal. My mchc is low and so are my iron stor

Do I have lupus? Ana screen came back as positive/abnormal. Ana titers are 1:320. Dna test came back as normal. My mchc is low and so are my iron stor

Connective tissue dz: This finding show that you have some kind of connective tissue disease and could be lupus. But you should discuss with your pcp and make further plan for treatment. ...Read more

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Why does a newborn have breathing difficulties? She is 7 weeks old and has had breathing difficulties almost from the beginning. Five visits to the pediatrician did not produce answers. She had an irregular heartbeat in her first visit which was normal

Why does a newborn have breathing difficulties? She is 7 weeks old and has had breathing difficulties  almost from the beginning.  Five visits to the pediatrician did not produce answers. She had an irregular heartbeat in her first visit which was normal

Depends: It's hard to answer your question about breathing problems in your baby without more details. However, in general, babies can have noisy, gurgly breathing. They will sneeze and hiccup. All this is normal as long as their color has not changed (i.e. Turn blue or become cyanotic) and they look comfortable. In addition, a baby's heartbeat can very with their breathing pattern and this can be normal. ...Read more

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Abnormal ANA screen and clotting disorder and pre hypertension.I.Take baby aspirin and folbic tab daily.Any specific things to avoid with this issue?

Abnormal ANA screen and clotting disorder and pre hypertension.I.Take baby aspirin and folbic tab daily.Any specific things to avoid with this issue?

rheumatologist/hema: Depending on the specifics of your clotting problem and your medical history you should probably avoid oral contraceptives (increased clotting risks), and taking precautions for venous blood clots (avoid immobility for long periods, frequent stops to move around on car and plane trips. Some women will be at risk for miscarriages. If clots, might need oral anticoagulants (warfarin). ...Read more

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Left arm numbness 4 5 mnths.Er visit cbc, cmp, tropononin 1 and ekg, vascular screen all normal.Visit to orthopedic doc. Nothing abnormal in x-ray.Heart?

Left arm numbness 4 5 mnths.Er visit cbc, cmp, tropononin 1 and ekg, vascular screen all normal.Visit to orthopedic doc. Nothing abnormal in x-ray.Heart?

Very unlikely: It's an atypical presentation and the prevalence of disease in your age group is low. "common things happen commonly" - i'd look to your shoulder for the probable cause. ...Read more

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My wife had an abnormal Pap smear result + hpv 18 diagnosis. Worried about throat cancer, and have a recurring ear ache. How do I get screened?

My wife had an abnormal Pap smear result + hpv 18 diagnosis.  Worried about throat cancer, and have a recurring ear ache.  How do I get screened?

Exam for throat canc: Sorry to hear about your wife's diagnosis. You can be screened by a board certified ENT with an in office fiber optic scope to rule out any throat disorder. Hope this helps answer your question ...Read more

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What common conditions do neonatal nurses see?

Premature babies: Neonatal nurses care for sick newborns and premature babies and hence are often exposed to common problems associated with prematurity, such as low blood sugar, breathing difficulties, infection, etc. ...Read more

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Can 2 bottles of Mountain Dew dilute my screen?

Can 2 bottles of Mountain Dew dilute my screen?

12 ounce: No. 32 Ounce maybe but won't have any effect on drug metabolites if you are hoping to cover your tracks about use, ...Read more

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What are health risk of too much screen time? (8 hrs/day)?

What are health risk of too much screen time? (8 hrs/day)?

Many: This is way too much time in front of the screen. If you must, i.e. job related, then I would like to see that you can work in many small breaks - get up, change your position, stand for some of the work, sit for some, walk around office, stretch. If it is not for work, you risk damage on overall health, being sedentary, eye issues, carpal tunnel, neck pain etc. ...Read more

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Help please! i don't know why when looking at a screen everything looks tilted?

See a doctor: There are many possible causes of this, including eye muscle weakness or dizziness from various sources. I would suggest seeing your primary care provider to evaluate further and possibly an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Can I take my newborn into public?

Can I take my newborn into public?

No: Newborns are more prone to infection so you wouldn't think of having someone with a "cold" or fever be around the baby in your house where you can control who visits. Therefore, for at least the first few weeks during seasons other than winter (when there's fewer infections around) and for longer during the winter season, no malls, supermarkets, airports & the like. Walks and drives are fine. ...Read more

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Can I take my newborn out in public?

It depends: Well, yes and no. In the first few months, it's best to avoid large groups of people so as to minimize your baby's exposure to infection. Your newborn's immune system is still immature and he is more susceptible to infection than an older child is. Even a cold in a toddler can cause serious breathing problems in an infant. It's still okay though (and good!) to take your baby for walks outside. ...Read more

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How can I get to know my newborn baby?

How can I get to know my newborn baby?

Typical behaviors: Over the next few weeks you will come to know your baby's personality and routine better than anyone. This is a good time to keep a journal and write down observations and or questions that you can bring to checkups. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Newborn Screen (Definition)

This is most likely referring to a heal stick blood test that is performed at 24-48 hours after first feeding to test for different inherited diseases some of which have a very simple treatment to avoid complications. Each stat has it's own list of diseases it screens for. Almost all include hypothyroid, sickle cell, galactosemia and more. Often referred to as the ...Read more


Dr. Sewa Legha
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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