Newborn screening for cystic fibrosis in Switzerland - Consequences after analysis of a 4 months pilot study

Torresani, Toni; Fingerhut, Ralph; Rueegg, Corina S; Gallati, Sabina; Kuehni, Claudia E; Baumgartner, Matthias R; Barben, Juerg (2013). Newborn screening for cystic fibrosis in Switzerland - Consequences after analysis of a 4 months pilot study. Journal of cystic fibrosis, 12(6), pp. 667-674. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.jcf.2013.04.008

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BACKGROUND: Switzerland introduced newborn screening (NBS) for CF in 2011, using an IRT/DNA/IRT protocol. This paper describes the results of the first year and compares two versions of the protocol with different IRT cut-offs, particularly effects on recall rate, sensitivity and specificity. METHODS: IRT cut-offs were >45ng/ml (99.0th percentile) in period 1 (months 1-4) and >50ng/ml (99.2nd percentile) in period 2 (months 5-12). In period 2 we abstained from recalls when none of the 7 most common CF mutations were detected and IRT was <60ng/ml. RESULTS: In periods 1 and 2, 26,535 and 56,663 tests were performed. Recall rates were 0.94% and 0.48%, respectively (p<0.001), PPV increased from 23% to 47% (p=0.024) and sensitivity was 90% and 100%. CONCLUSIONS: Raising initial IRT cut-off from the 99.0th to the 99.2nd percentile and abstaining from recalls for children with an IRT<60ng/ml and carrying no major CFTR mutation significantly reduced the recall rate without affecting sensitivity.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM)
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Paediatric Medicine

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Rüegg, Corina Silvia; Gallati, Sabina and Kühni, Claudia


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services








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04 Oct 2013 14:41

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25 Sep 2017 18:17

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