Blood specimen for neonatal thyroid screening is obtained on:
A. Cord blood
B. 24 hours after birth
C. 48 hours after birth
D. 72 hours after birth
Correct answer : A. Cord blood D. 72 hours after birth
Update: The correct answer is 72 hours after birth.
Guidelines for neonatal thyroid screening – American Academy of Pediatrics
When to screen:
- Normal hospital delivery at term – Filter paper collection ideally at 2-4 days of age or at time of discharge
- NICU / preterm home birth – Within 7 days of birth
- Maternal history of thyroid medication / family history of congenital hypothyroidism – cord blood for screening
Cord blood is to be used only if there is family history of hypothyroidism. In normal delivery, blood is taken at 2-4 days of age.