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Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect and may be detected during either the prenatal or postnatal period. Failing to detect CCHD while in the nursery may lead to serious events such as cardiogenic shock or death. Survivors who present late are at greater risk for neurologic injury and subsequent developmental delay. Early detection of CCHD can potentially improve the prognosis and decrease the mortality and morbidity rates of affected infants. Pulse oximetry has been investigated and has proven to be successful in detecting some forms of CCHD in the newborn nursery.

The state rules and regulations mandate that every baby born in the state of Oklahoma is to receive Newborn Screening for CCHD. Those rules can be referenced here.

  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Double-outlet right ventricle
  • Ebstein’s anomaly
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Interrupted aortic arch
  • Pulmonary atresia
  • Single ventricle (not otherwise specified)
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Total anomalous pulmonary venous return
  • D-transposition of the great arteries
  • Tricuspid atresia
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Other critical cyanotic lesions (not otherwise specified)

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Newborn Screening Program
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave., Suite 1702
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-6406

Phone: (405) 426-8309
Fax: (405) 900-7554