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Dr. BEVERLY D WALKER
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Newborn Screen Normal (Overview)

Newborn screen normal is a test result meaning the government-required blood test on newborns has no abnormal result. A normal result means the baby most likely does not have any of the approximately 50-100 rare diseases tested for on the newborn screen.


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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

Dr. BEVERLY D WALKER
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Newborn Screen Normal (Overview)

Newborn screen normal is a test result meaning the government-required blood test on newborns has no abnormal result. A normal result means the baby most likely does not have any 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?

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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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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Is it possible for my baby to have a meconium plug without any underlying health issues? All his newborn screening tests came back normal. Plus, he stools on his own.

Is it possible for my baby to have a meconium plug without any underlying health issues?  All his newborn screening tests came back normal.   Plus, he stools on his own.

Word definitions: To be more specific, all infants have a little plug that passes with the initial meconium.Occasionally the plug and some meconium passes before birth as a sign of stress.Meconium ileus is a condition where the meconium is so thick and sticky that it blocks all stool passage and can be a sign of cf. My state state screens for CF as part of its newborn screening program but not all do. ...Read more

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Oxygen saturation drops to 83 to 87 when my new born baby sleeps. Lungs X-Ray and eco screening has shown normal study. What would be the reason.

Oxygen saturation drops to 83 to 87 when my new born baby sleeps. Lungs X-Ray and eco screening has shown normal study. What would be the reason.

Birth History?: Are you testing your baby's oxygen level at home? How many days old is the baby? Was the birth vaginal? Were there any complications? What was the birth weight? How is the baby feeding? How frequent are his stools? Does he show signs of respiratory distress? Does he have a heart murmur? The answer to your question definitely depends on all of the above answers! ...Read more

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What screening tests do newborns get?

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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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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. Ihab Ibrahim
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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