Audit of newborn screening programme for congenital hypothyroidism

Zarina Abdul Latiff, Rahmah Rasat, Khalidah Adibah Mazlan, S. F. Ng, Loo Ling Wu

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Abstract

Newborn screening for congenital hypothyroidism (CH) was implemented in Hospital UKM in December 2004 using cord blood sample. From the audit over a period of 25 months, a total of 13,875 newborn babies were screened with a coverage of 98.8%. From this cohort, the mean recall rate was 0.32%; unfortunately the mean percentage of recalled babies that came for retesting was only 795%. In addition, the mean sample rejection rate was high, i.e. 2.2%. Two babies were diagnosed to have CH. These findings implied that whilst the coverage of screening was good, there is a need for regular surveillance of performance of both clinical and laboratory personnel. In addition, a more concerted effort should be carried out to promote community awareness of such a programme.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-328
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume63
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

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  • Congenital hypothyroidism
  • Cord blood
  • Newborn screening

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Audit of newborn screening programme for congenital hypothyroidism. / Abdul Latiff, Zarina; Rasat, Rahmah; Mazlan, Khalidah Adibah; Ng, S. F.; Wu, Loo Ling.

In: Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 63, No. 4, 10.2008, p. 325-328.

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