CLSI Publishes Newborn Screening Document NBS08—Newborn Screening for Hemoglobinopathies, 1st Edition
Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA—The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) has published NBS08—Newborn Screening for Hemoglobinopathies, 1st Edition. NBS08 describes the newborn screening (NBS) processes for testing dried blood spot specimens to detect hemoglobinopathies and thalassemias not usually evident at birth. Hemoglobinopathies and thalassemias are clinically significant congenital red blood cell disorders caused by structural or other hemoglobin abnormalities, resulting in various clinical manifestations. Early detection is critical, because without treatment, these conditions lead to increased morbidity and mortality. This guideline discusses various NBS approaches, including:
- Equipment considerations.
- Laboratory screening methodologies.
- Short-term and long-term follow-up processes.
- Future screening possibilities.
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