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Why do some newborn screens have “false positive” results?

False positive or abnormal results may be due to immature endocrine or enzyme function in the newborn, the stress of birth on an infant, or the specimen being collected less than 24 hours after birth.

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