Screening tests for newborns

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Not everyone in this age group may need screening for every condition listed here. Click on the links above to read more about each condition and to determine if screening may be appropriate for you or your family member. You should discuss screening options with your health care practitioner.

Cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a relatively common inherited disease in which from infancy there are recurrent chest infections causing lung damage, intestinal malabsorption leading to severe malnutrition and growth failure, and an excess of salt in the sweat. Untreated, the condition is usually fatal in infancy or early childhood. With modern treatment affected children now have a median survival of 30 years.

For more information see: Cystic fibrosis.