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Preterm IUGR/SGA and elevated IRT


Guest kelly

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Guest kelly

Good morning eveyone,

I am curious, Is anyone else seeing an increased number of IUGR/SGA premies with and increased IRT on newborn screening? Since starting my fellowship, I've notice that frequently our SGA babies are having abnormally evelated IRTs on newborn screen.

Have a great day

Kelly

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Guest kelly
Interesting observation!

Do you routinely check IRT in SGA infants?

(We don't)

Immunoreactive trypsinogen (IRT) is assessed on our newborn state screen, to screen for CF.

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Immunoreactive trypsinogen (IRT) is assessed on our newborn state screen, to screen for CF.

Could this finding be related to the blood flow re-distribution in utero of IUGR infants - that the reduced circulation in the abdominal organs somehow lead to elevated IRT? Have you checked Pubmed, your question may be a nice and well defined research idea?!

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Guest mbayari

hi all

IRT is a simple tool for population screening that has been used several years ago in France; if it returns positive,it should be confirmed by a sweat chloride testing and eventually by molecular biology. A lot of false positive results have been described but I'm notaware of any relation to IUGR/ SGA. Keep us knowing results of your searches please.

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