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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
My wife & son passed california newborn screening for CF, does that mean odds are low for typical cystic fibrosis or mild form?
Newborn screening : for Cystic Fibrosis is done by Immunoreactive Trypsinogen, IRT. If othe IRT level is ^, DNA tests for CF gene mutations are done on blood on the Guthrie card. CF Foundation-accredited Care Centers in CA look for an "intermediate" sweat chloride result in young infants who do not gain wt. & have bad gas, abdominal pain & loose or hard stools &/or wheezing/coughing for > 2 wks. to diagnose CRMS. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
See below: There are three types of galactosemia-classic one and two variants. GALT, galactose-1-p uridyl transferase deficiency results in classic form whereas galactokinase deficiency (GLK) and galactose-4-epimerase deficiency leads to variants. ...Read more
Usually not...: If a baby is found to have g6pd deficiency on newborn screening, it usually means that the infant actually has it. The test can be falsely negative in certain circumstances, but a positive test is usually accurate. That being said, different states use different tests. I would 1st talk with your pediatrician about this, then they may refer you to hematologist to get guidance on living with g6pd. ...Read more
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