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Newborn Screening Ontario
Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Screen Positive Results

Newborn screening helps find babies who have serious diseases but may seem healthy at birth. When these diseases are picked up early in life, treatment can help prevent developmental problems and in many cases, death.

When a baby's blood sample is screen positive for a disease, the health care providers at Newborn Screening Ontario (NSO) refer the baby to specialized follow-up clinics in their region for more testing. NSO refers to these specialized centres as newborn screening Regional Treatment Centres. 

Health care providers at the Regional Treatment Centres then contact the baby’s doctor, midwife, nurse practitioner, or parents directly to inform them of the results and arrange appointments and tests that are required.

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