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Response to the Letter to the Editor: Inborn Errors in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: Much More to Understand
We would like to thank you for the opportunity to respond to Dr. Puspraj Awasthi and Dr. Suresh Angurana's letter. We would also like to thank Dr. Puspraj Awasthi and Dr. Suresh Angurana for their interest in our article and for their comments.
In their letter to the editor, the authors mentioned that in India there is no universal screening for inborn errors of metabolism (IEM) and in some regions there is lack of testing facilities. In fact, our setting is quite different, as in Portugal the universal screening is free and was started in 1979 with phenylketonuria screening. It currently includes 24 IEMs, cystic fibrosis, and congenital hypothyroidism. In addition, our center is a referral hospital for metabolic disorders. As we mentioned in our paper, our admission rate of IEM is similar to other specialized centres and therefore slightly higher than in the studies mentioned by the authors.  We agree with the authors that our lower mortality rates are probably related to an extensive newborn screening, concentration of patients in a major center, and availability of specialized human and technical resources. Certainly, neonatal screening and treatment in specialized centers are fundamental for the management of these highly complex patients.
Received: 11 March 2021
Accepted: 16 April 2021
Article published online:
29 June 2021
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