Background: Newborn screening (NBS) for cystic fibrosis (CF) can lead to the detection of healthy carriers. We report a unique assessment of family testing following the identification of carriers by NBS for over 20 years, in an area where CF is frequent.
Methods: We reviewed all of the carriers identified by NBS between 1991 and 2010 and registered the tests done in those families.
Results: NBS identified 0.1% of the newborns as carriers, which correspond only to 2.6% of the expected carriers born within the period, and 1/3 of those with an increased IRT level. Of the 195 families, 75.9% requested testing (2.5 tests per family). We identified 183 carriers and five 1-in-4 risk couples. Reassurance about genetic status was provided to 96% of the couples.
Conclusions: Carriers detected by NBS appeared to be well managed in our area, and cascade testing that informs on genetic status seems relatively active.
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