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How are blood tests used to diagnose inherited metabolic disorders?

In many cases, doctors will use a blood test to diagnose inherited metabolic disorders. Because these disorders are the result of a genetic mutation, doctors can examine the blood to see if a defect is present. In other cases, specific chemicals in the blood indicate a certain metabolic disorder.

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