The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
For the purposes of this chapter:
(1) "Amino acid disorders" means disorders of metabolism characterized by the body's inability to correctly process amino acids or the inability to detoxify the ammonia released during the breakdown of amino acids. The accumulation of amino acids or their by-products may cause severe complications including mental retardation, coma, seizures, and possibly death. For the purpose of this chapter amino acid disorders include: Argininosuccinic acidemia (ASA), citrullinemia (CIT), homocystinuria (HCY), maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), phenylketonuria (PKU), and tyrosinemia type I (TYR I).
(2) "Board" means the Washington state board of health.
(3) "Biotinidase deficiency" means a deficiency of an enzyme (biotinidase) that facilitates the body's recycling of biotin. The result is biotin deficiency, which if undetected and untreated, may result in severe neurological damage or death.
(4) "Congenital adrenal hyperplasia" means a severe disorder of adrenal steroid metabolism which may result in death of an infant during the neonatal period if undetected and untreated.
(5) "Congenital hypothyroidism" means a disorder of thyroid function during the neonatal period causing impaired mental functioning if undetected and untreated.
(6) "Cystic fibrosis" means a life-shortening disease caused by mutations in the gene encoding the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR), a transmembrane protein involved in ion transport. Affected individuals suffer from chronic, progressive pulmonary disease and nutritional deficits. Early detection and enrollment in a comprehensive care system provides improved outcomes and avoids the significant nutritional and growth deficits that are evident when diagnosed later.
(7) "Department" means the Washington state department of health.
(8) "Fatty acid oxidation disorders" means disorders of metabolism characterized by the inability to efficiently use fat to make energy. When the body needs extra energy, such as during prolonged fasting or acute illness, these disorders can lead to hypoglycemia and metabolic crises resulting in serious damage affecting the brain, liver, heart, eyes, muscle, and possibly death. For the purpose of this chapter fatty acid oxidation disorders include: Carnitine uptake defect (CUD), long-chain L-3-OH acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (LCHADD), medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (MCADD), trifunctional protein deficiency (TFP), and very long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (VLCADD).
(9) "Galactosemia" means a deficiency of enzymes that help the body convert the simple sugar galactose into glucose resulting in a buildup of galactose and galactose-1-PO4 in the blood. If undetected and untreated, accumulated galactose-1-PO4 may cause significant tissue and organ damage often leading to sepsis and death.
(10) "Hemoglobinopathies" means a group of hereditary blood disorders caused by genetic alteration of hemoglobin which results in characteristic clinical and laboratory abnormalities and which leads to developmental impairment or physical disabilities.
(11) "Organic acid disorders" means disorders of metabolism characterized by the accumulation of nonamino organic acids and toxic intermediates. This may lead to metabolic crisis with ketoacidosis, hyperammonemia and hypoglycemia resulting in severe neurological and physical damage and possibly death. For the purpose of this chapter organic acid disorders include: 3-OH 3-CH3 glutaric aciduria (HMG), beta-ketothiolase deficiency (BKT), glutaric acidemia type I (GA 1), isovaleric acidemia (IVA), methylmalonic acidemia (CblA,B), methylmalonic acidemia (mutase deficiency) (MUT), multiple carboxylase deficiency (MCD), and propionic acidemia (PROP).
(12) "Newborn" means an infant born in a hospital in the state of Washington prior to discharge from the hospital of birth or transfer.
(13) "Newborn screening specimen/information form" means the information form provided by the department including the filter paper portion and associated dried blood spots. A specimen/information form containing patient information is "Health care information" as defined by the Uniform Health Care Information Act, RCW 70.02.010
(14) "Significant screening test result" means a laboratory test result indicating a suspicion of abnormality and requiring further diagnostic evaluation of the involved infant for the specific disorder.
(15) "Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)" means a group of congenital disorders characterized by profound deficiencies in T- and B- lymphocyte function. This results in very low or absent production of the body's primary infection fighting processes that, if left untreated, results in severe recurrent, and often life-threatening infections within the first year of life.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.83.020
. WSR 13-24-072, § 246-650-010, filed 11/26/13, effective 1/1/14. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.83
RCW. WSR 08-13-073, § 246-650-010, filed 6/16/08, effective 7/17/08. Statutory Authority: Chapters 70.83
RCW. WSR 06-04-009, § 246-650-010, filed 1/20/06, effective 2/20/06; WSR 03-24-026, § 246-650-010, filed 11/24/03, effective 12/25/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050
. WSR 91-02-051 (Order 124B), recodified as § 246-650-010, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapters 43.20
RCW. WSR 91-01-032 (Order 114B), § 248-103-010, filed 12/11/90, effective 1/11/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050
and 70.83.050. WSR 87-11-040 (Order 303), § 248-103-010, filed 5/18/87.]