The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Newborn Screening Program will add severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) to the Texas Newborn Screening Panel in September. The SCID testing will use the same newborn blood specimen collected from a heel stick.
DSHS says the SCID group of genetic disorders characterized by profound defects in the immune system is one of the most serious and life-threatening forms of immune system problems. It can occur in about one in 40,000 to one in 100,000 newborns. It can be treated if identified early; if not, most affected infants die within their first year.
Action, April 17, 2012