LSD Fact Sheet

The Evanosky Foundation has compiled a fact sheet below that explains the importance of screening for lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs) and discusses the status of the efforts in Illinois.

Background on newborn screening?

These conditions often have no immediate visible effects, but unless detected and treated early, can cause physical problems, mental retardation and even death. Early diagnosis and proper treatment can make the difference among death, lifelong disability or healthy development.

The newborn screening test is performed within 2 days of birth. The baby’s heel is pricked to obtain a few drops of blood, which are then sent to a laboratory for analysis. Parents of babies who test positive are contacted by the state’s Department of Public Health.

About Lysosomal Storage Disorders (LSDs)

Testing for LSDs in Illinois

Supporting agencies

Other organizations that are supporting these efforts include: