Why Get Tested?

Newborn screening detects metabolic disorders that can cause developmental issues and lifelong complications such as mental retardation, physical disability and in some instances, death, if it is left untreated.

Scientific literature suggests that approximately 2-5% 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.1

For example, in Hong Kong, about 1 in 1,250 babies is expected to be born with an inherited metabolic disorder. Screening your newborn will facilitate early treatment and prevent long term detrimental effects to your baby’s health.2
  1. A.E.H. Emery, D.L. Rimoin (Eds.), Principles and practice of medical genetics, 2nd ed., vols. 1–2, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh (1990).
  2. This cumulative incidence rate is based on Meta100+ panel of metabolic disorders.

1 in 1,250

1 in 1,250
is expected to be affected with IEM 2

More than 100 potentially life-threatening metabolic disorders can be detected from a single urine test.