Newborn screening is the practice of testing every newborn for certain harmful or potentially fatal disorders that are not otherwise apparent at birth.
Genetics and Newborn Screening
Metabolic and other inherited disorders can change an infant's normal physical and mental development in a variety of ways. Many of these metabolic disorders (often called "inborn errors of metabolism") interfere with the body's use of food and nutrients to maintain healthy tissues and produce energy. Other disorders that newborn screening can detect include problems with hormones or the blood.
Our newborn screening program offers a number of services, including:
- Short-term follow-up after a baby is found to have a positive screening result
- Newborn screening DNA testing
- Follow-up laboratory testing to confirm or rule out a diagnosis
- Long-term clinical care after the diagnosis of a metabolic disorder
With a simple blood test, doctors often can tell whether newborns have certain conditions that may eventually cause problems. These conditions are rare and most babies are given a clean bill of health. However, early diagnosis and proper treatment can make the difference between lifelong impairment and healthy development.
Make an Appointment with Saint Francis Genetics
For more information about Saint Francis Genetics
, or to make an appointment with a genetic specialist, please call 918-502-8365.
We're dedicated to assisting you with insurance authorizations for appropriate testing. Start gathering your relatives' history by printing and completing this family history form
. Bring it with you to your appointment with our genetic specialist.
Physician Referral to Saint Francis Genetics
Physicians may refer a patient for genetic counseling or genetic evaluation by logging into EPIC
or by using our Genetic Referral form