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Mol Genet Metab. 2014 Sep-Oct;113(1-2):42-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ymgme.2014.07.020. Epub 2014 Aug 1.

Newborn screening in southeastern Europe.

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1
University Children's Hospital Ljubljana, UMC Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
2
University Children's Hospital Skopje, Skopje, Macedonia.
3
Clinical Hospital for Children "Sfanta Maria", Iasi, Romania.
4
Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital Center Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia; University of Zagreb, School of Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia.
5
Mother and Child Health Care Institute of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia.
6
University Hospital Center "Mother Teresa", Tirana, Albania.
7
National Genetics Laboratory, Sofia, Bulgaria.
8
University Pediatric Hospital Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria.
9
Pediatric Clinic, University Clinical Center Pristina, Pristina, Kosovo.
10
University Clinical Center Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
11
Clinical Hospital of Targu Mures, Romania.
12
Clinical Hospital for Children "Luis Turcanu", Timisoara, Romania.
13
Institute for Sick Children, Clinical Center of Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro.
14
Mother and Child Health Care Institute "Alfred Rusescu", Bucharest, Romania.
15
Clinical Hospital for Children "Iuliu Hateganu", Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
16
Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital Center Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia.
17
Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia.
18
Children Hospital Banja Luka, Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
19
Department of Medical Sciences, Academy of Sciences and Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
20
Department of Pediatrics, University Clinical Center Tuzla, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
21
Institute of Mother and Child, Centre of Reproductive Health and Medical Genetics, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.
22
University Children's Hospital Ljubljana, UMC Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Electronic address: tadej.battelino@mf.uni-lj.si.

Abstract

The aim of our study was to assess the current state of newborn screening (NBS) in the region of southeastern Europe, as an example of a developing region, focusing also on future plans. Responses were obtained from 11 countries. Phenylketonuria screening was not introduced in four of 11 countries, while congenital hypothyroidism screening was not introduced in three of them; extended NBS programs were non-existent. The primary challenges were identified. Implementation of NBS to developing countries worldwide should be considered as a priority.

KEYWORDS:

Newborn screening; Southeastern Europe; Survey

PMID:
25174966
DOI:
10.1016/j.ymgme.2014.07.020
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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