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California Newborn Screening Program

Future Additions to the California Newborn Screening Program

With advances occurring in screening technology, diagnostic procedures, and treatment it may be possible to screen for additional disorders in the future. Disorders are evaluated for being added to the screening program based on the following criteria:

  1. important health problem in terms of frequency, seriousness, and high costs of care
  2. associated with disease/known symptoms
  3. effective treatment exists that improves quality of life
  4. easy to detect, reliably and economically
  5. adequate methods of confirmation and follow-up

There are other considerations, including the number of babies screened daily, which affect whether and/or when disorders are added to the screening program.


Last modified on: 8/24/2010 1:35 PM