Newborn Screening in Nebraska

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Newborn Screening is done for every baby born in Nebraska. A set of blood tests are done to find conditions that could be harmful to your child.

Even after a baby is born, there are usually no signs or symptoms so parents can’t tell whether or not their baby may have a condition… that’s why newborn screening is so helpful. It finds things you can’t necessarily see.

If a baby has one of these conditions and it’s not found early, the baby can have:

  • seizures;
  • physical disabilities;
  • mental retardation;
  • chronic illness;
  • or may even die.

Blood tests are needed to help find the conditions so treatment can begin early and prevent these effects. Screening is required for these conditions:

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  • Argininosuccinic Acidemia (ASA)
  • Beta-ketothiolase Deficiency (BKT)
  • Biotinidase deficiency (BIO)
  • Carnitine Uptake Defect (CUD)
  • Citrullinemia (CIT)
  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia  (CAH)
  • Congenital Primary Hypothyroidism (CPH)
  • Cystic Fibrosis (CF)
  • Galactosemia (GAL)
  • Glutaric Acidemia Type 1 (GA1)
  • Hemoglobinopathies (Sickle cell disease, sickle hemoglobin-C disease, and thalassemias)
  • Homocystinuria (HCY)
  • Isovaleric Acidemia (IVA)
  • Long Chain Hydroxyacyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (LCHAD)
  • Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD)
  • Medium Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (MCAD)
  • Methylmalonic Acidemia-Mutase (MUT)
  • Methylmalonic Acidemia (Cbl A, B)
  • Multiple Carboxylase Deficiency (MCD)
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • Propionic Acidemia (PA)
    Tyrosinemia (Tyr)
  • Trifunctional Protein Deficiency (TFP)
  • Very Long-Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (VLCAD)
  • 3-Hydroxy 3-Methyl Glutaric Aciduria (HMG)
  • 3-Methylcrotonyl-CoA Carboxylase  Deficiency (3-MCC)

View the “ Parent’s Page” for descriptions of the conditions screened in non-medical terms and links to other condition specific resources.

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Disclaimer Statement

The screening tests are very efficient and give newborns the best chance to have the conditions found early. The tests are not diagnostic. They are a "screen" to find newborns that need more testing to see if they have certain conditions. However, like most lab tests, they can’t guarantee that every affected newborn will be identified, or that only newborns at higher risk of being affected will be found. There will be some "false positives" (newborns with a positive or abnormal screen result who are later found to have normal results), and there might be "false negatives" (affected newborns whose screening test results did not suggest a condition).