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Newborn Screening Records Release

Newborn screening is a half-century old, state-mandated public health activity aimed at early identification of babies affected with certain genetic, metabolic and congenital disorders. Screening, in Illinois, began in 1965 with testing for PKU (phenylketonuria, a metabolic disorder) and now encompasses screenings prior to discharge from a hospital or birthing center for more than 40 disorders, including newborn hearing (2002) and critical congenital heart disease (2013). Newborn screening is recognized as one of the most successful public health accomplishments, and was the first population-based genetic screening program to become an integral component of public health practice. Early detection, diagnosis and treatment of these conditions can prevent death or disability and enable children to reach their full potential. Each year in Illinois, more than 700 babies are diagnosed through newborn screening either by using a few drops of blood from the newborn’s heel or through special equipment to detect hearing loss or critical congenital heart disease.

A Baby's First Step in Life
A Newborn Screening Guide for Parents
(En Español)

Critical Congenital Heart Disease Fact Sheet - CDC

Cystic Fibrosis: Information for Parents and Families

Cystic Fibrosis: My Baby had a Positive CF Newborn Screening Test

Disorder Information (En Español)

Hemoglobin C Trait

Hemoglobin SC Disease

Hospital-Specific Specimen Submission Quarterly Reports

Krabbe Disease and Other Leukodystophies Report - PDF

Newborn Hearing

Newborn Screening Panel

Sickle Cell Beta Thalassemia Disease

Sickle Cell Disease and Sickle Cell Trait (En Español)

Information for Physicians and Other Health Care Providers

SCID and LSD Report Values

Newborn Screening Practitioner's Manual - PDF

Critical Congenital Heart Disease

Laboratory Services - PDF

Fact Sheets for Physicians and Other Health Care Providers

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