Newborn Screening

Newborn Screening is a process in which infants are screened for a number of congenital and inherited conditions, which if left untreated can cause brain damage, disability and, in some cases, death. The challenge is that most infants with any of these inherited conditions show no symptoms of disease at birth. That is why newborn screening is so important. The special tests used by the newborn screening program can identify, among otherwise healthy appearing infants, an infant who may have one of more than 50 disorders.

Terri Snell, clinical lab analyst, transfers newborn screening specimens onto a specialized card that is used to detect cystic fibrosis.

With early diagnosis and medical treatment, complications from these serious, but uncommon, conditions can usually be prevented. The goal is to identify a baby with a disorder and initiate appropriate treatment before the condition has time to cause damaging health effects.

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