Newborn Screening Reference Center
N.I.H., U.P. Manila
Unit 104, Building A, UP Ayala Land Technohub
Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

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1st Special Clinic for Mild Variant Galactosemia (GAL) Babies

The Institute of Human Genetics (IHG), Newborn Screening Center-NIH, in cooperation with the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), recalled babies with mild variant Galactosemia (GAL) for a series of special clinics on November 11 and December 9, 2010.


The special clinics aims to assess these babies if there are cataract formations and speech delays. These clinics were done at the Genetics Clinic, Pediatrics Department of the PGH. Dr. Sylvia C. Estrada, Head of the Follow-up Unit of NSC-NIH and Pediatric Endocrinologist and Metabolic Specialist Consultant led the clinics. Three (3) Developmental Pediatricians and two (2) Geneticists assessed the 21 patients who were present, while two (2) Pediatric Ophthalmologists checked the patients’ eyes. Blood samples were extracted for GAL monitoring at NSC-NIH laboratory, while complete blood count (CBC) and SGPT (Liver Function Test) were performed at Manila Endocrine Laboratory. The specialists were assisted by four (4) Nurses, one (1) Medical Technologist from IHG and two (2) Resident Pediatricians from PGH. There is a plan for more special clinics by 2011.