What does a retest mean?
Retesting does NOT mean there is anything wrong with the baby. It simply means that another sample must be obtained so that the complete set of tests can be performed. Retesting may be required for a number of reasons. Some reasons include:
- Unsatisfactory specimens: There was something wrong with the sample and it needs to be recollected.
- Early collection: The sample was drawn before the baby was 24 hours old. A second specimen must be collected as soon as possible to avoid missing a disorder.
- Abnormal test result: An abnormal test result means there may be a disorder present. Your doctor will work with you to determine if further evaluation is needed.
On the rare occasions when the first tests indicate a possible problem, the results are not considered final. Instead, a new blood sample is requested, and the tests are repeated. Because of the potential severity of a particular disorder, the doctor may insist on treating the child immediately while waiting for the results of a second series of tests. If you are asked to have your child retested, please act quickly, as many of these disorders do irreversible damage in a short period of time.