Dear parents,

The National Austrian Newborn Screening Program for inherited metabolic and endocrine disorders has been implemented in Austria since the late 1960s. It was introduced by the Federal Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance and the Medical University of Vienna, and it is located at the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Most children are born healthy, but there are rare congenital diseases, which cannot be detected in newborn infants from external indications. Newborn screening identifies conditions that can affect a child's long-term health or survival.

More than 80 to 100 children are identified in our screening program in the first days of life every year. Early detection, diagnosis, and intervention can prevent death or disability and enable children to reach their full potential. In Austria, newborn screening is a collaborative effort between several public health departments and hospitals e.g. in Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck and Salzburg. Newborn screening can save babies’ lives and help them begin life healthy.

Make sure your baby is tested before you leave the hospital. For additional information please contact your maternity, midwife or hospital, your doctor in charge or the Newborn Screening Program at the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.


Yours sincerely,


Newborn Screening Team

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