Family Minnesota Newborn Fact SheetPositive Result: Screening Program Spot Screen Result Notification


What was found on the newborn screen? What health problems can it cause? The newborn screen that was collected at birth found is a lifelong condition. A child with that your baby has high levels of an called argininemia usually has no symptoms in the newborn arginine. period. If left untreated, it can cause: • Lack of energy What does this mean? • Poor feeding High levels of arginine can indicate that your child has • argininemia. A positive result does not mean your baby Poor growth has argininemia, but more testing is needed to know • High levels of in the blood for sure. () • Tight, rigid muscles (spasticity) What happens next? • Intellectual disabilities Your baby’s doctor or a metabolic specialist will help • arrange for more testing. Your baby will also be seen by a metabolic specialist. Children with argininemia can benefit from prompt and careful treatment. What is argininemia? What treatment options are available? Argininemia is part of a group of disorders called amino Treatment for argininemia consists of a special that acid disorders. Children with argininemia are unable to avoids . Certain medications and supplements process ammonia, a waste product that is created when may be prescribed. Early treatment can be beneficial. the body breaks down amino acids from protein. This Even with treatment, some children still have episodes causes dangerous amounts of ammonia to build up in of high ammonia. This can result in long-term the body. intellectual disabilities and spasticity.

Children with argininemia should see their regular doctor and a doctor who specializes in metabolic disorders.


Genetics Home Reference: Save Babies Through Screening Foundation: Baby’s First Test:

Newborn Screening Program, 601 Robert St. N., St. Paul, MN 55155 Phone (800) 664-7772, Fax (651) 215-6285 *interpreters available REV 12/2018