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    Metabolic Disorders Follow-up Program

    Although the Newborn Metabolic Screen is still commonly called the “PKU” test, the testing has been expanded to include over 50 different conditions. These conditions include:
    • Inability to break down the sugar in breast milk and most formulas
    • Inability to break down different proteins
    • Inability to break down different fats for energy
    • Presence of abnormal red blood cells or sickle cell disease
    • Abnormal thyroid function (congenital hypothyroidism)
    • Abnormal adrenal glands (congenital adrenal hyperplasia)
    • Cystic fibrosis
    The goal of newborn metabolic screening is to identify babies who may have one of these conditions as soon as possible to help prevent problems. Babies who are born and live in the State of Maryland are screened in the hospital 24-48 hours after birth and again in their pediatrician’s office at about 2 weeks of age.
    To learn more about newborn metabolic screening, click on the links below.
    For Parents

    For Providers

    Newborn Screening
    Follow-up of Abnormal Results:
    Nurse Consultant:
    Johnna Watson, RN,BSN
    Nurse Consultant:
    Mary Jo Harris, RN,MS
    Nurse Consultant:
    Linda Lammeree, RN,MA
    Medical Director
    Deborah Badawi, MD