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Newborn Screening Stool Frequency
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Ped cell lifespan: Red cells are made without nuclei & carry a limited set of enzymes to convert sugar to energy & maintain the cell wall for their 100 day lifespan.G6pd is an important enzyme for rbc energy production & if low, various meds or illnesses can trigger cell breakdown & drop the blood cell count. Knowing this ahead of time allows you to avoid certain meds &/or recognize the problem early. ...Read more
Heel stick...: The blood obtained for state newborn screen (heel stick all babies have) is tested for sickle cell in all 50 states. Depending on the laboratory used, detection of sickle cell is determined by either thin-layer isoelectric focusing (ief) or high performance liquid chromatography (hplc). Each test can detect the biophysical change in the beta hemoglobin molecule caused by the sickle cell mutation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Early treatment: Early detection of scid will permit early treatment to avoid life threatening complications. A baby with scid is born with transient immunity from mom from the placenta. However, this material disappears leaving baby at risk for invasion infections. Scid babies will not develope antibodies to germs and fight them off.Early detection allows for treatment to avoid catastrophic illness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prenatal Dx of PKU: Phenylketonuria, pku is the result of the deficiency of the enzyme phenylalanine hydoxylase which converts phenylalanine to tyrosine. There is a prenatal test available to detect this enzyme deficiency. However there are rare forms of pku that result from cofactor deficiency or other enzymes that are involved in the conversion of phenylalanie to tyrosine. Pku is not a fatal genetic defect. ...Read more
Varies: In my state a screening is obtained prior to hospital discharge and again at a week or more. This will pick up the majority of issues including those that can be distorted by lack of early feeding activity(pku). Later testing is usually limited to specific tests for any suspected problem. ...Read more
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