Newborn blood spot test - newborn screening
In the UK every baby is offered newborn blood spot screening, also known as the heel prick test, ideally when they are five days old.
The blood spot tests screen for nine rare but serious conditions, six of these disorders are inherited metabolic diseases, three of which are "Reye-like" viz
- medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (MCADD)
- maple syrup urine disease (MSUD)
- isovaleric acidaemia (IVA)
Further information about the newborn blood spot test, and newborn screening for the above three inherited metabolic diseases can be obtained by consulting the Resources and Reports shown opposite.
Next review January 2020