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HAYASHI, Giselle et al. Weight-adjusted neonatal 17OH-progesterone cutoff levels improve the efficiency of newborn screening for congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Arq Bras Endocrinol Metab [online]. 2011, vol.55, n.8, pp.632-637. ISSN 1677-9487.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate weight-adjusted strategy for levels of neonatal-17OHP in order to improve newborn screening (NBS) efficiency. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Blood samples collected between 2-7 days of age from 67,640 newborns were evaluated. When N17OHP levels were > 20 ng/mL, and a second sample was requested. We retrospectively analyzed neonatal-17OHP levels measured by Auto DELFIA- B024-112 assay, grouped according to birth-weight: G1: < 1,500 g, G2: 1,501-2,000 g, G3: 2,000-2,500 g and G4: > 2,500 g. 17OHP cutoff values were determined for each group using the 97.5th, 99th, 99.5th and 99.8th percentiles. RESULTS: 0.5% of newborns presented false-positive results using the cutoff level > 20 ng/mL for all groups. Neonates of low birthweight made up 69% of this group. Seven full-term newborns presented congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) and, except for one of them, 17OHP levels were > 120 ng/mL. Only the 99.8th percentile presented higher predictive positive value (2%), and lower rate of false-positives in all groups. CONCLUSIONS: We suggest the use of 99.8th percentile obtained by weight-adjusted N17OHP values of healthy newborns to reduce the rate of false-positive results in NBS.

Keywords : 21-hydroxylase deficiency; congenital adrenal hyperplasia; newborn screening; neonatal 17OH-progesterone levels; preterm and full-term newborns.

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