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Newborn Screening for Glutaric Aciduria-II: The New England Experience

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New England Newborn Screening Program; Department of Pediatrics

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Genetics | Maternal and Child Health | Medical Genetics | Pediatrics


Newborn screening (NBS) using tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) permits detection of neonates with Glutaric Aciduria-Type II (GA-II). We report follow-up of positive GA-II screens by the New England Newborn Screening Program.

METHODS: 1.5 million infants were screened for GA-II (Feb 1999-Dec 2012). Specialist consult was suggested for infants with two or more acylcarnitine elevations suggestive of GA-II.

RESULTS: 82 neonates screened positive for GA-II, 21 weighing > 1.5 kg and 61 weighing < /= 1.5 kg. Seven (one weighing < 1.5 kg), were confirmed with GA-II. Four of these had the severe form (died < 1 week). The other three have a milder form and were identified because of newborn screening. Two (ages > 5 years) have a G-Tube in place, had multiple hospitalizations and are slightly hypotonic. The third infant remains asymptomatic (9 months old). Two GA-II carriers were also identified. The remaining positive screens were classified as false positives (FP). Six infants ( > 1.5 kg) classified as FP had limited diagnostic work-up. Characteristics and outcomes of all specimens and neonates with a positive screen were reviewed, and marker profiles of the cases and FP were compared to identify characteristic profiles.

CONCLUSION: In addition to the severe form of GA-II, milder forms of GA-II and some GA-II carriers are identified by newborn screening. Some positive screens classified as FP may be affected with a milder form of the disorder. Characteristic GA-II profiles, quantified as GA-II indexes, may be utilized to predict probability of disorder and direct urgency of intervention for positive screens.

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JIMD Rep. 2014;13:1-14. doi: 10.1007/8904_2013_262. Epub 2013 Nov 5. Link to article on publisher's site

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