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Title: United Arab Emirates National Newborn Screening Programme: an evaluation 1998-2000
Authors: Al Hosani, H.
Salah, M.
Saade, D.
Osman, H.
Al Zahid, J.
Issue Date: 2003
Language: English
Abstract: To evaluate the United Arab Emirate National Newborn Screening Programme we compared coverage, timeliness of programme indicators [age at sampling, recall and treatment initiation, timing of specimen delivery and laboratory results] and specimen quality with international st and ards. Recall rate, sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive values and relative incidence rates for phenylketonuria [PKU] and congenital hypothyroidism [CH] were calculated. Investigations for hypothyroidism included thyroid function studies [T3, T4, fT4 and TSH], technetium-99m thyroid scan when possible and thyroglobulin and thyroid antibodies when indicated. PKU investigations included plasma amino acids and measurement of biopterin defects. In the 6 years before December 2000, 138,718 neonates were screened. Relative incidences for CH and for classic PKU were 1:1570 and 1:20,050 respectively
Description: 324-332
Keywords: Aftercare
Age Factors
Amino Acids
Birth Rate
Congenital Hypothyroidism
Health Services Needs and Demand
Infant, Newborn
Subject: Neonatal Screening
ISSN: 1020-3397
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