Determination of a steroid profile in heel prick blood using LC-MS/MS
SourceBioanalysis, 8, 5, (2016), pp. 375-384
Article / Letter to editor
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Paediatrics - OUD tm 2017
SubjectRadboudumc 16: Vascular damage RIMLS: Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to improve the sensitivity of the congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) neonatal screening by including second-tier steroid profiling on a DBS using LC-MS. RESULTS: We developed a method to measure the steroid profile in DBS and established gestational age-specific reference ranges of cortisol, cortisone, 11-deoxycortisol, 21-deoxycortisol, 17-hydroxyprogesterone, testosterone, Delta4-androstenedione, corticosterone and 11-deoxycorticosterone using 450 heel prick samples of neonates, participating in the Dutch Screening Program. Analyzing 92 cards with a positive CAH screening showed that only 21-deoxycortisol was 100% specific for diagnosed CAH patients. CONCLUSION: Steroid precursors can be measured in DBS and we suggest to implement the method as a second tier testing for CAH in The Netherlands.
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