Newborn Metabolic Screening Program
Almost every baby in the U.S. undergoes a quick heel prick blood test 36 to 48 hours after birth to screen for a host of rare metabolic disorders. For the vast majority of babies, the results are normal and their families go on with their lives. However, if a baby’s results are abnormal, their family’s medical journey may have just begun. In Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Delaware, these babies can be referred to the Newborn Metabolic Screening Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The program is a part of the Division of Human Genetics.
Our staff includes experienced metabolic physicians, genetic counselors, pediatric nurse practitioners, social workers, dietitians and others. We work closely with the Metabolic Disease Program and the Metabolic Diagnostic Laboratory to diagnose, monitor and treat babies with metabolic disorders.