Rapid diagnosis of maple syrup urine disease in blood spots from newborns by tandem mass spectrometry.

Abstract

We report a new method for the diagnosis of maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) from dried blood spots on newborn screening cards based on tandem mass spectrometry (MS-MS). The mean +/- SD concentration of Leu plus Ile in normal newborns was 151 +/- 47 mumol/L (n = 1096); for Val, 131 +/- 58 mumol/L (n = 791). SDs were lower when the concentrations of these… (More)

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