Newborn screening for cystic fibrosis is associated with reduced treatment intensity

Erika J. Sims, Jonathan McCormick, Gita Mehta, Anil Mehta

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Objectives: To determine whether the improved clinical status after newborn screening (NBS) for cystic fibrosis (CF) segregates with increased therapeutic intervention compared with presentation by clinical diagnosis (CD).

Study design: In 2002, two populations (1 to 9 years of age) who presented (excluding meconium ileus) by NBS ≤3 months of age or by CD were compared in an observational, cross-sectional design. NBS and CD populations (184 and 950 patients, respectively) were divided into 3-year age groups (1 to 3, 4 to 6, and 7 to 9 years). Therapies of duration >3 months were compared together with Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection status.

Results: NBS patients ≤6 years of age received significantly fewer and less demanding therapies not explained by age, genotype, geography, or social deprivation. In 7- to 9-year-olds, significantly fewer NBS patients received intravenous antibiotics. NBS patients without P aeruginosa infection received significantly fewer therapies, but no differences were found between intermittently or chronically infected NBS and CD populations. Comparable results were found in ΔF508/ΔF508 subpopulations.

Conclusions: CF populations diagnosed by NBS are associated with reduced treatment compared with age- and genotype-matched CD control subjects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-311
Number of pages6
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2005

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