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Settimg up a regional network to screen newborns for congenital hypothyroidism in Southern province in Sri Lanka

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Manjula Hettiarachchi

Nuclear Medicine Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, LK
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In Sri Lanka, until recently there has been no programme to screen newborns for Congenital Hypothyroidism. The Nuclear Medicine Unit has completed a pilot study in 2006-2007 to assess the feasibility and identify challenges in establishing such programme. Then a regional network on Newborn Screening was established in early 2008 and 4 institutions (2 Base Hospitals and 1 each District and General Hospitals) have already participating in the network. Out of the 1581 newborns screened, one true positive child with Congenital Hypothyroidism was identified. The findings are highlighted to have a national programme on Newborn Screening.

DOI: 10.4038/gmj.v14i1.1177

Galle Medical Journal Vol.14(1) 2009 59-61

Keywords: hypothyroidism 
How to Cite: Hettiarachchi, M., (2009). Settimg up a regional network to screen newborns for congenital hypothyroidism in Southern province in Sri Lanka. Galle Medical Journal. 14(1), pp.59–61. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/gmj.v14i1.1177
Published on 08 Oct 2009.

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