Michigan Newborn Screening Information Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID)The Michigan Newborn Screening Quality Assurance Advisory Committee approved the addition of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disorder (SCID) to the Michigan newborn screening panel. The Michigan NBS Laboratory began testing for SCID October 1, 2011.
SCID represents a group of more than 13 inherited disorders that lack functional T and B cells responsible for cellular and humoral immunity, respectively. Newborns with SCID are unable to mount an immune response to infection by viruses, bacteria and fungi. They become severely ill during the first year of life and rarely survive beyond the second year. However, if detected early by newborn screening, infants with SCID can be successfully treated by bone marrow transplantation.
Newborn Screening News - Summer 2011
- Letter to Directors of Pediatrics, Special Care Nurseries and Neonatal Intensive Care Units
- Letter to Clinical Laboratory Directors
- Press Release: MDCH Adds Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) to Newborn Screening
- SCID Newborn Screening ACT Sheet
Additional InformationImmune Deficiency Foundation