Management of phenylketonuria in Europe: survey results from 19 countries

Blau, Nenad; Bélanger-Quintana, Amaya; Demirkol, Mübeccel; Feillet, François; Giovannini, Marcello; MacDonald, Anita; Trefz, Friedrich K; van Spronsen, Francjan; Nuoffer, JM; European PKU centers, (2010). Management of phenylketonuria in Europe: survey results from 19 countries. Molecular genetics and metabolism, 99(2), pp. 109-15. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.ymgme.2009.09.005

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To gain better insight in the most current diagnosis and treatment practices for phenylketonuria (PKU) from a broad group of experts, a European PKU survey was performed. The questionnaire, consisting of 33 questions, was sent to 243 PKU professionals in 165 PKU centers in 23 European countries. The responses were compiled and descriptive analyses were performed. One hundred and one questionnaires were returned by 93/165 centers (56%) from 19/23 European countries (83%). The majority of respondents (77%) managed patients of all age groups and more than 90% of PKU teams included physicians or dieticians/nutritionists. The greatest variability existed especially in the definition of PKU phenotypes, therapeutic blood phenylalanine (Phe) target concentrations, and follow-up practices for PKU patients. The tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4; sapropterin) loading test was performed by 54% of respondents, of which 61% applied a single dose test (20mg/kg over 24h). BH4 was reported as a treatment option by 34%. This survey documents differences in diagnostic and treatment practices for PKU patients in European centers. In particular, recommendations for the treatment decision varied greatly between different European countries. There is an urgent need to pool long-term data in PKU registries in order to generate an evidence-based international guideline.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Paediatric Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Haematology, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Laboratory Medicine and Hospital Pharmacy (DOLS) > Institute of Clinical Chemistry

UniBE Contributor:

Nuoffer, Jean-Marc and Nuoffer, Jean-Marc

ISSN:

1096-7192

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:13

Last Modified:

17 Mar 2015 19:15

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.ymgme.2009.09.005

PubMed ID:

19800826

Web of Science ID:

000274004300002

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/2847 (FactScience: 205775)

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