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Family Attitudes Regarding Newborn Screening for Krabbe Disease: Results from a Survey of Leukodystrophy Registries

Sciprofile linkKarlita Blackwell, Sciprofile linkMichael H. Gelb, Sciprofile linkAnna Grantham, Sciprofile linkNatasha Spencer, Sciprofile linkChristin Webb, Sciprofile linkTara West
Published: 20 August 2020
 by  MDPI
International Journal of Neonatal Screening , Volume 6; doi:10.3390/ijns6030066

Abstract: Newborn screening (NBS) for Krabbe disease (KD) is currently underway in eight states in the USA, and there is continued discussion of whether to implement KD NBS in additional states. Workgroup members sought to survey a large number of families affected by KD. Families in KD and leukodystrophy family registries were contacted to seek their participation in The Krabbe Newborn Screening—Family Perspective Survey. The 170 respondents are comprised of the following: 138 family members with a KD individual diagnosed after development of symptoms, 20 notified about KD via NBS, and 12 with a KD individual diagnosed through family history of KD. The key results are that all NBS families with an early-infantile KD family member elected to pursue hematopoietic stem cell transplantation therapy. Of the 170 responders, 165 supported the implementation of KD NBS in all states in the USA.
Keywords: Newborn Screening / lysosomal storage diseases / leukodystrophy / globoid cell leukodystrophy / Krabbe disease

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