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What inherited metabolic disorders do doctors screen for at birth?

In many cases, early diagnosis and treatment is the key to managing inherited metabolic disorders and minimizing their effects on the body. Especially for metabolic disorders in which the symptoms begin early, babies commonly receive routine screenings for these disorders right after they are born. Although tests vary in each state, newborns are typically tested for inherited metabolic disorders like phenylketonuria (PKU), maple syrup urine disease, tyrosinemia, and MCAD deficiency. Talk to your doctor to learn more.

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