Generalized Neonatal Screening of Severe Combined Immunodeficiencies

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Brief Title

Generalized Neonatal Screening of Severe Combined Immunodeficiencies

Official Title

Evaluation of the Clinical Utility and Cost Effectiveness Ratio of Generalized Neonatal Screening for Severe Combined Immunodeficiencies (SCID) by Quantification of TRECs on Guthrie Cards

Brief Summary

      Severe combined Immunodeficiencies ( SCID ) are a group of inherited diseases of the immune
      system by characterised profound abnormalities of T cell development . Infants with SCID
      require prompt clinical response to Prevent life -threatening infection and studies show
      significantly improved survival in babies Diagnosed at birth as a result of previous family
      history . SCID follows criteria for population -based newborn screening since it is
      asymptomatic at birth and fatal within the first year of life, the confirmation of the
      disease is easy, there is a curative treatment , and it is known that early stem cell
      transplantation improves survival . Quantification of TRECs (T- cell receptor excision
      circles ) in DNA extracted from Guthrie samples is a sensitive screening test for Specific
      and SCID .

      The investigators propose in this study to perform a neonatal screening of SCID , in a
      population of 200,000 babies over a period of two years .

      The investigators propose to study the clinical utility and cost effectiveness ratio, and
      SCID screening to demonstrate that could result in a broad benefit to Individuals detected ,
      making screening relatively cost-effective in spite of the low incidence of the disease .

Detailed Description

      The project proposes to study the feasibility and cost-effectiveness ratio ( time management
      and life expectancy to 10 years) of generalized neonatal screening for SCID children by
      offering this screening to 200 000 children (100 000 children per year) over the entire
      territory. Prospective control group consists of children diagnosed with SCID out of 700,000
      annual births who do not benefit from screening.

      The protocol will be leant against the existing newborn screening , that is to say two more
      drops of blood are placed on a second Guthrie card when current screening (72 hours of life )
      is performed after parents' information and consent. Eleven newborn screening regional
      associations will be involved with the inclusion of children in about 50 maternity hospitals.
      The card drawn for the protocol will follow the usual network except that the test for
      quantifying TRECs will be realized in two laboratories instead of eleven laboratories
      assigned to RA . Investigative Regional Associations (RAs) represent nearly 600,000 births /
      year and the amount of 200,000 children will be achieved in two years (duration of inclusion)
      . All children born in the participating maternity may be included if they meet the inclusion
      criteria. The result of the screening test for SCID will be available within 21 days after
      birth, provided that there is no need to request a new sample.

      At each of eleven RA is associated a pediatrician referent for immune deficiencies, member of
      the french reference center (CEREDIH) and who will be responsible to call the parents, offer
      them a consultation and further exploration if the result of screening is assumed positive.

      Analysis of cards from 200,000 children will give the following information:

        -  Number of children with a presumptive positive screening , requiring a call by the
           referent pediatrician, consultation and exploration of lymphocyte subpopulations

        -  Number of children with a negative screening

        -  Number of children with an inconclusive screening (lack of TRECs and lack of
           amplification of the reference gene) and requiring a new card,

      A micro- costing study will be conducted to assess the cost of testing .

      This group of 200,000 children is the experimental group to assess the cost of screening ,
      acceptability by parents (participation rate), the recall rate for abnormal or inconclusive
      result, the rate of follow-up time for results , the incidence of disease . It will also
      allow to calculate the specificity of the method .

      At the end of the inclusions, the vital status at 18 months with cause of death will be
      sought for the 200 000 children included , with the CESP ( Centre de Recherche en
      Epidemiologie et Santé des Populations) via RNIPP (Répertoire National d'Identification des
      Personnes Physiques) and CepiDc ( Centre d'Epidémiologie sur les causes médicales de décès) .
      This will establish whether there are SCID in this population which were not detected at
      birth. Furthermore, the investigators include in the study SCID children diagnosed without
      screening by pediatricians local referents DIP (including Necker main transplant center) .
      This will enable to approach the sensitivity of the method . All these data allow the
      calculation of the predictive values of the test.

      In this experimental group will be isolated a group of individuals who screened positive and
      diagnosed as true SCID . Clinical data for these patients will be collected in an electronic
      CRF ( CRF ) by the pediatrician referral protocol (Dr Thomas C ) , including:

        -  The dates and results of explorations : lymphocyte subpopulations , blood count,
           determination of immunoglobulin levels

        -  The diagnosis made with identification of the genetic defect

        -  The date of care before curative treatment ( protected area isolation , anti -infective
           drugs )

        -  , Bacterial , fungal anti -viral treatments , and other

        -  The date of transplant, type of transplant or other treatment ... ...

Study Type


Primary Outcome

cost / efficiency ratio of the implementation of the generalized neonatal screening of SCID at birth

Secondary Outcome

 Cost / efficiency ratio of the implementation of the generalized neonatal screening of SCID at birth


Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, Atypical


SCID screening

Study Arms / Comparison Groups

 Screened patients
Description:  SCID screening: more drops of blood are placed on a second Guthrie card when current screening (72 hours of life ) is performed after parents' information and consent. The card drawn for the protocol will follow the usual network except that the test for quantifying TRECs will be realized to determine the presence of SCID.


* Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by National Clinical Trials Identifier (NCT ID) in Medline.

Recruitment Information

Recruitment Status


Estimated Enrollment


Start Date

December 2014

Completion Date

April 28, 2018

Primary Completion Date

April 28, 2018

Eligibility Criteria

        Inclusion Criteria:

          -  Screening Group: Newborn on day 3 of birth (premature and non premature)

          -  Control group: Patients diagnosed with SCID without screening at participating centers

        Exclusion Criteria:

          -  Lack of parental consent

          -  Children whose parents are adults under guardianship,

          -  Children without health insurance, for the screening group:

          -  The early exit of the child from the maternity hospital




N/A - 18 Months

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers


Caroline THOMAS, MD, , 

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Administrative Informations



Organization ID


Responsible Party


Study Sponsor

Nantes University Hospital

Study Sponsor

Caroline THOMAS, MD, Principal Investigator, CHU Nantes

Verification Date

July 2018