Not so rare: Errors of metabolism during the neonatal period

Sandra A. Banta-Wright, Robert D. Steiner

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During the neonatal period, the diagnosis of an error of metabolism (EM) was once thought to portend a poor prognosis or lethality. Over the past two decades, the prognosis of many EMs has changed. The critical aspect of the metabolic evaluation in a sick newborn is to rapidly identify whether there may be a metabolic problem. If there is a metabolic problem, the goal is to minimize the sequelae of the specific disorder. This review will explore how to approach and evaluate a newborn suspected of having an EM. A discussion of clinical and laboratory findings that often accompany EM will be included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-155
Number of pages13
JournalNewborn and Infant Nursing Reviews
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2003

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  • Pediatrics

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