ESPE Abstracts (2018) 89 P-P3-179

Comparison of the Phenylketonuria Phenotypes in Qazvin Province Before and After Neonatal Screening Until 2017

Fatemeh Saffaria, Camelia Taherkhania, Neda Esmailzadehhab,c & Ali Homaeid


aChildren Growth Research Center, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran, Republic of Islamic; bMetabolic Diseases Research Center, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran, Republic of Islamic; cSchool of Health, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, Republic of Islamic; dSchool of Medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, Republic of Islamic


Background: Phenylketonuria (PKU) is an autosomal recessive disorder that primarily affects the brain. Patients are at risk for intellectual disability, developmental disorder, hyperactivity, seizure, autism, and so on. The aim of this study was to compare the PKU phenotypes in Qazvin province, Iran before and after neonatal screening until 2017.

Methods: All children with PKU (61 patients) in Qazvin province, Iran who had been diagnosed before and after neonatal screening until 2017 were examined. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Chi-square test.

Results: Of 61, 31 (50.8%) were female. Patients were among 2.5 months to 18 years old. Of 61 patients, 7 (11.5%), 33 (54.1%), and 21 (34.4%) had malignant, classic, and HPA form of PKU, respectively. 23 (37.7%) were identified in neonatal screening and 38 (62.3%) were diagnosed before screening by clinical findings. The incidence rate of PKU was one in 4858 live births in Qazvin province. The most frequent clinical manifestations were delay in motor (57.4%) and language (54.1%) development, seizure (36.1%), restless (34.4%), hyperactivity (29.5%), eczematous rash (29.5%), and severe mental retardation (8.2%). All clinical manifestations in patients identified after neonatal screening was significantly lower than patients diagnosed before screening (P<0.001).

Conclusion: Intellectual disorders, developmental delay, and seizure were the most frequent phenotypes in patients with PKU in Qazvin Province. Neonatal screening is necessary to prevent brain damage in patients with PKU.

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