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Call for routine cystic fibrosis screening

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7113.899f (Published 11 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:899
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    A specialist group has called for more health authorities in Britain to consider testing newborn babies for cystic fibrosis. The call comes as more evidence of the benefits of early diagnosis has emerged from a large study in the United States.

    Over 650 000 newborn babies were screened for cystic fibrosis in a trial carried out by the Wisconsin Cystic Fibrosis Neonatal Screening Study Group, but only half of them were given the sweat test to confirm the disease-the rest were diagnosed by standard methods (symptoms, family history).

    The investigators found that cystic fibrosis was diagnosed much earlier with screening-at …

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