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Warning! Identification of significant hearing loss in a baby, following participation in the universal newborn screening programme, may seriously affect the extended family; a new case of Waardenburg's syndrome
  1. J Nicholls
  1. Children and Families Division, South Birmingham PCT, Birmingham, UK


Following the introduction of the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Programme, the age of diagnosis of significant hearing loss has drastically decreased to the first few months of life. This presentation looks at an early diagnosis in the first born of a family pedigree previously undiagnosed with Waardenburg's syndrome and the difficulties faced by both the family and the professionals involved and lessons that may be learnt for the future.

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