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State Metabolic Screen - This is a blood test performed at 24 hours of life and repeated at 2 weeks of age. The State of Texas currently screens for the following tests: Phenylketonuria, Congenital Hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Sickle Cell Disease, and Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. These are all diseases that would otherwise go undiagnosed until serious problems occurred.

Hearing Screen - The State of Texas now requires that all newborns have their hearing tested before leaving the hospital. This simple test identifies children with congenital deafness.

Hematocrit - This is a blood test performed at one year of age to evaluate your child for anemia. This test may be repeated again if your doctor feels it is necessary.

Urinalysis - A urine sample is obtained at age 5 to evaluate for diabetes and kidney function. This test may be repeated as necessary.

Tuberculosis (TB) test - This skin test demonstrates exposure to tuberculosis, an infectious lung disease. Routine testing is no longer performed unless someone has been exposed to an infected person. Most schools require one TB test before school entry.

Vision Screen - A vision test is performed at age 4 and may be repeated as necessary.

Lead Screening - This blood test demonstrates exposure to lead, which can cause anemia and neurological problems. Routine testing is not performed. If you live in a house built before 1973 that has peeling paint or is being renovated, please notify your doctor.

Cholesterol Screening - This blood test identifies children who have elevated levels of fat that can lead to heart disease and high blood pressure. Routine testing is not performed. If someone in the family has had problems with high cholesterol or heart problems before the age of 55, please notify your doctor.

 

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