December 7, 2010
While mandatory newborn genetic screening can save lives, it can also create unintended consequences, according to a new study. When the results of such screenings are ambiguous, parents can become so anxious and
uncertain that their lives and the life of their child are completely disrupted.
Newborn genetic screening can complicate lives
Newborn genetic screening is performed on every newborn to identify certain harmful or potentially fatal disorders that are not evident at birth. Many of these conditions are metabolic disorders (known as inborn errors of metabolism) or those that affect hormones or the blood. Although these conditions are rare, finding them early allows proper treatment that can make a significant difference in the life of the child.