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California Newborn Screening Program

Benefits of the Newborn Screening Program

The Program screened 14,989,863 babies from October 1980 to June 2009 and identified the following disorders:

Disorder

Cases

PKU

1,026

Primary Congenital Hypothyroidism

5,802

Galactosemia

191

Sickle Cell Disease* and other clinically significant Hemoglobinopathies* (Beta-0 Thal Major, E-Beta Thal, etc.)

2,500

Hemoglobin H Disease**

529

BD***

16

CF***

242

CAH****

114

Metabolic/Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorders****

559

Total

10,979

*

from 2/27/90

 

**

from 7/96 (start of pilot)

 

***

from 6/07

 

****

from 07/05

Based on the known occurrence rates of these disorders, the number of diagnosed cases has been within the expected frequency rate. Efficient processing of test results and program monitoring have resulted in the initiation of treatment of these babies at a very early age.

Mean Age of Treatment, 1980 - 2009

Disorder

Age (days)

PKU

9

Galactosemia

5

Primary Congenital Hypothyroidism

8

Sickle Cell Disease*

46

MCADD**

8.5

CAH (Salt Wasting)**

7

CAH (Simple Virilizing)**

8

*Since 1990

**Since 2005

 
 
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