Reviewing screening results

  • When will I receive my baby’s screening results?

    The results will be made available to you within 14 working days upon receipt of the urine sample at our laboratory. Please consult your doctor if there is any abnormal result. Our aim is to ensure that the baby receives treatment as early as possible.

  • Who should we approach if my baby were to be tested with abnormal results?

    If your baby is tested with abnormal results, please consult your doctor, paediatrician or a metabolic specialist who will advise you further. A further diagnostic test may be required to confirm the disorder, followed by the treatment.

  • What is the chance of abnormal results?

    Scientific literature suggests that approximately 2-5%2 of newborns are affected by genetic disorders and congenital abnormalities which includes metabolic disorders. Although metabolic disorders are individually rare, but when taken cumulatively, the incidence rate is quite high.

    For example, in Hong Kong, about 1 in 1,250 babies is expected to be born with an inherited metabolic disorder.3

  1. Mayo Clinic Report, Improving Newborn Screening by MS/MS-based second-tier testing (2008)
  2. A.E.H. Emery, D.L. Rimoin (Eds.), Principles and practice of medical genetics, 2nd ed., vols. 1–2, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh (1990).
  3. This cumulative incidence rate is based on Meta100+ panel of metabolic disorders.