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Guthrie Test – A Test That Brought PKU Screening To Every Hospital

Guthrie Test – A Test That Brought PKU Screening To Every Hospital

Guthrie test, named after American bacteriologist Dr. Robert Guthrie (1916. – 1995.), is a newborn phenylketonuria (PKU) screening tool which measures the level of phenylalanine (PHE) amino acid in infants’ blood.

1934. – The Year Of The World’s First PKU Test

1934. – The Year Of The World’s First PKU Test

Instead of red-brown urine color reaction and ketones discovery, the girls’ urine sample assumed a dark-green color which faded in a few minutes. Repeated tests after two weeks gave Dr. Følling the same results, which further intrigued him to finally find and isolate the main source of this unusual chemical reaction.

Dr. Ivar Asbjørn Følling – The Man Who Discovered PKU Disorder

Dr. Ivar Asbjørn Følling – The Man Who Discovered PKU Disorder

Norwegian physician and biochemist Dr. Ivar Asbjørn Følling (1888. – 1973.) will forever be remembered as a man who discovered Phenylketonuria (PKU) disorder and as a “father” of the first PKU test. He is also unofficially considered as the most important medical scientist not to receive the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.

Pregnancy and PKU

Pregnancy and PKU

One of the greatest joys in a woman’s life is a moment when she becomes mother. Sadly, for women who are diagnosed with PKU disorder, this is not the easiest task in the world and in many cases it requires a lot of carefully planned steps if they want to give a birth to a healthy baby.

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