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- 1 Introduction
- 2 Some Recent Findings
- 3 Routine Screened Disorders
- 4 Australia
- 5 USA
- 6 References
- 7 External Links
- 8 Glossary Links
The "Heel Prick" test is now routinely carried out on neonatal (newborn) blood for a variety of known genetic disorders. Different countries have different policies on the archiving of this material and deidentified availability for genetic research purposes. The clinical term "phlebotomy" describes the act of drawing or removing blood from the circulatory system through an incision or puncture to obtain a sample for analysis and diagnosis.
An ultrasound study has identified the shortest depth of perichondrium was in the centre of the heel and ranged from 3 to 8 mm. In 78 of the 80 infants in the study (GA24 to 42 weeks), the distance was 4 mm or more. Showing that the standard automated lancets for preterm use (puncture to a depth of 2.4 mm) may be safely used anywhere over the plantar surface of the heel avoiding the posterior aspect of the heel. A more recent study identified the whole heel plantar surface is safe for obtaining blood in term and preterm infants of more than GA 33 weeks. A small amount of sucrose (0.012–0.12 g) can be given as an analgesic for newborns undergoing venepuncture or capillary heel-pricks.
Blood is collected using a heelprick and spotted onto a test sheet to dry for later testing. Different countries and medical services have different policies on not only what will be tested for but also how long the test card will be kept following analysis. Check your local service for specific information.
Some Recent Findings
|More recent papers|
This table shows an automated computer PubMed search using the listed sub-heading term.
References listed on the rest of the content page and the associated discussion page (listed under the publication year sub-headings) do include some editorial selection based upon both relevance and availability.
Hamtandi Magloire Natama, Delwendé Florence Ouedraogo, Hermann Sorgho, Eduard Rovira-Vallbona, Elisa Serra-Casas, M Athanase Somé, Maminata Coulibaly-Traoré, Petra F Mens, Luc Kestens, Halidou Tinto, Anna Rosanas-Urgell Diagnosing congenital malaria in a high-transmission setting: clinical relevance and usefulness of P. falciparum HRP2-based testing. Sci Rep: 2017, 7(1);2080 PubMed 28522856
Meaghan Bond, Brady Hunt, Bailey Flynn, Petri Huhtinen, Russell Ware, Rebecca Richards-Kortum Towards a point-of-care strip test to diagnose sickle cell anemia. PLoS ONE: 2017, 12(5);e0177732 PubMed 28520780
V Rigo, C Pieltain, C Schoffeniels, M Kalenga, J L Belche [Newborn infants' first outpatient visit]. [Première consultation ambulatoire du nouveau-né.] Rev Med Liege: 2017, 72(5);253-259 PubMed 28520325
E S Peeples An evaluation of hydrocortisone dosing for neonatal refractory hypotension. J Perinatol: 2017; PubMed 28518133
Mina Nicole Händel, Peder Frederiksen, Arieh Cohen, Cyrus Cooper, Berit Lilienthal Heitmann, Bo Abrahamsen Neonatal vitamin D status from archived dried blood spots and future risk of fractures in childhood: results from the D-tect study, a population-based case-cohort study. Am. J. Clin. Nutr.: 2017; PubMed 28515065
Roberta L Keller, Rui Feng, Sara B DeMauro, Thomas Ferkol, William Hardie, Elizabeth E Rogers, Timothy P Stevens, Judith A Voynow, Scarlett L Bellamy, Pamela A Shaw, Paul E Moore, Prematurity and Respiratory Outcomes Program Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia and Perinatal Characteristics Predict 1-Year Respiratory Outcomes in Newborns Born at Extremely Low Gestational Age: A Prospective Cohort Study. J. Pediatr.: 2017; PubMed 28528221
Tami L Remington, Barry E Bleske, Tracy Bartholomew, Michael P Dorsch, Sally K Guthrie, Kristin C Klein, Jeffrey M Tingen, Trisha D Wells Qualitative Analysis of Student Perceptions Comparing Team-based Learning and Traditional Lecture in a Pharmacotherapeutics Course. Am J Pharm Educ: 2017, 81(3);55 PubMed 28496275
Suzanne Grant, Katherine Checkland, Paul Bowie, Bruce Guthrie The role of informal dimensions of safety in high-volume organisational routines: an ethnographic study of test results handling in UK general practice. Implement Sci: 2017, 12(1);56 PubMed 28449716
Kelly E Nissen, Christina M Homer, Colm J Ryan, Michael Shales, Nevan J Krogan, Kristin L Patrick, Christine Guthrie The histone variant H2A.Z promotes splicing of weak introns. Genes Dev.: 2017, 31(7);688-701 PubMed 28446597
Routine Screened Disorders
This list may differ between countries.
- Phenylketonuria (PKU)
- Biotinidase Deficiency (OMIM)
- Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) (OMIM)
- Congenital Hypothyroidism (CH)
- Congenital Toxoplasmosis
- Cystic Fibrosis (CF) (OMIM)
- Galactosemia (GAL) (OMIM)
- Homocystinuria (OMIM)
- Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD) (OMIM)
- Medium-Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (MCAD) (OMIM)
- Toxoplasma gondii IgM antibodies
NSW Newborn Screening Programme
Each year test more than 90,000 babies and detects about 90 who need urgent assessment and treatment. In NSW and Victoria, the bloodspot cards are currently stored indefinitely.
- Phenylketonuria (PKU) - 1 in 10,000 live births (about 10 babies per year). PKU causes high blood levels of phenylalanine and severe intellectual disability. A diet low in phenylalanine, started in the first two to three weeks results in normal development.
- Primary congenital hypothyroidism - 1 in 3,500 live births (about 26 babies per year). It is caused by the absence or abnormal formation or function of the thyroid gland. This causes growth and intellectual disability if not treated. Medication with thyroid hormone started early, results in normal growth and development.
- Cystic Fibrosis (CF) - 1 in 2,500 live births (about 34 babies per year). Without treatment babies develop chest infections and often have very serious failure to thrive. Early institution of treatment greatly improves the health of babies with CF. Newborn bloodspot screening detects about 95% of babies with CF but also detects a few babies who may only be healthy carriers. For these babies a sweat test at about six weeks of age determines whether the baby has CF or is a healthy carrier.
- Galactosaemia - 1 in 40,000 births (about 1-3 cases per year). Babies cannot process galactose, a component of lactose. Life-threatening liver failure and infections can occur. A galactose-free diet instituted in the first week is life saving.
- Rarer metabolic disorders - Some fatty acid, organic acid and other amino acid defects can now be detected using Tandem Mass Spectrometry. These much rarer metabolic disorders affect about 15 – 18 babies per year. Early detection is important as diet and medications can treat most of these disorders. Without appropriate management they can cause severe disability or death.
Potential uses and access of stored bloodspots
- Identified cards may be used for family benefit or research and only with separate consent obtained before testing.
- Non-identifiable cards (identifiers permanently removed) may be used for research approved by a Health Research Ethics Committee – consent is not required.
- Parents have a right to access their child’s information. Other access requires parental consent except where there is a court order, to date this has not occurred.
Genetics services in NSW - coordinated by the NSW Genetics Service Advisory Committee, which is supported by the Statewide Services Development Branch of the Strategic Development Division, NSW Department of Health. (Information from NSW Health - Newborn Bloodspot Screening Policy 13-Nov-2006)
- Links: NSW Genetics Health
State laws mandate that blood be drawn from all newborn infants to screen for health-threatening conditions.
- A Jain, N Rutter Ultrasound study of heel to calcaneum depth in neonates. Arch. Dis. Child. Fetal Neonatal Ed.: 1999, 80(3);F243-5 PubMed 10212093
- J Arena, J I Emparanza, A Nogués, A Burls Skin to calcaneus distance in the neonate. Arch. Dis. Child. Fetal Neonatal Ed.: 2005, 90(4);F328-f331 PubMed 15871987
- B Stevens, J Yamada, A Ohlsson Sucrose for analgesia in newborn infants undergoing painful procedures. Cochrane Database Syst Rev: 2004, (3);CD001069 PubMed 15266438
- Willemijn J van Rijt, Geneviève D Koolhaas, Jolita Bekhof, M Rebecca Heiner Fokkema, Tom J de Koning, Gepke Visser, Peter C J I Schielen, Francjan J van Spronsen, Terry G J Derks Inborn Errors of Metabolism That Cause Sudden Infant Death: A Systematic Review with Implications for Population Neonatal Screening Programmes. Neonatology: 2016, 109(4);297-302 PubMed 26907928
- Newborn babies will be tested for four more disorders, committee decides BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3267 (Published 13 May 2014) BMJ 2014;348:g3267 UK National Screening Committee
- B W Adam, E M Hall, M Sternberg, T H Lim, S R Flores, S O'Brien, D Simms, L X Li, V R De Jesus, W H Hannon The stability of markers in dried-blood spots for recommended newborn screening disorders in the United States. Clin. Biochem.: 2011, 44(17-18);1445-50 PubMed 21963384
- Karin de A B Nivoloni, Sueli M da Silva-Costa, Mariza C A Pomílio, Tânia Pereira, Karen de C Lopes, Vanessa C S de Moraes, Fabiana Alexandrino, Camila A de Oliveira, Edi L Sartorato Newborn hearing screening and genetic testing in 8974 Brazilian neonates. Int. J. Pediatr. Otorhinolaryngol.: 2010, 74(8);926-9 PubMed 20538352
- Jill Hardin, Richard H Finnell, David Wong, Michael E Hogan, Joy Horovitz, Jenny Shu, Gary M Shaw Whole genome microarray analysis, from neonatal blood cards. BMC Genet.: 2009, 10;38 PubMed 19624846 | BMC
- The national neonatal screening programme for congenital toxoplasmosis in Denmark: results from the initial four years, 1999-2002. Schmidt DR, Hogh B, Andersen O, Fuchs J, Fledelius H, Petersen E. Arch Dis Child. 2006 Aug;91(8):661-5. PMID: 16861484]
Jet van der Spek, Rolf H H Groenwold, Mirjam van der Burg, Joris M van Montfrans TREC Based Newborn Screening for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease: A Systematic Review. J. Clin. Immunol.: 2015; PubMed 25893636
B W Adam, E M Hall, M Sternberg, T H Lim, S R Flores, S O'Brien, D Simms, L X Li, V R De Jesus, W H Hannon The stability of markers in dried-blood spots for recommended newborn screening disorders in the United States. Clin. Biochem.: 2011, 44(17-18);1445-50 PubMed 21963384
A Streetly, R Latinovic, K Hall, J Henthorn Implementation of universal newborn bloodspot screening for sickle cell disease and other clinically significant haemoglobinopathies in England: screening results for 2005-7. J. Clin. Pathol.: 2009, 62(1);26-30 PubMed 19103854
P D Whiteman, B E Clayton, R S Ersser, P Lilly, J W Seakins Changing incidence of neonatal hypermethioninaemia: implications for the detection of homocystinuria. Arch. Dis. Child.: 1979, 54(8);593-8 PubMed 507913
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- Geneva: World Health Organization; 2010. WHO Guidelines on Drawing Blood: Best Practices in Phlebotomy.
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