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What is the turn-around-time for newborn screening test results?

Test results are usually ready within two to three days after the receipt of the specimen. Normal results are automatically sent to the collection facility. If the specimen requires second or third tier testing, final results may take and additional ten days to be released. 

Abnormal results are released to the Newborn Screening Follow-up Program as they are finalized. The Follow-up Program will contact the appropriate parties about results before testing of all conditions is complete if necessary. 


Testing for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

The Florida Department of Health, Newborn Screening (NBS) Program, is pleased to announce that beginning April 27, 2020, all newborns screened will be tested for a new condition, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). If you have any questions, please contact the