Tip 132: newborn blood spot screening (UK) history

1969 – The Guthrie test for phenylketonuria (PKU) begins nationally in the UK

1981 – TSH for congenital hypothyroidism added

2001 – IRT (immuno-reactive trypsinogen) for cystic fibrosis added

2006 – Screening for sickle-cell disease added

2009 – Screening for MCAD (medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase) deficiency added

Reference: NHS Newborn Blood Spot Screening

Previously published: 30/06/14, 15/06/15

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