Screening toddlers for lipids and FH is feasible, say Polypill researchers

UNIVERSAL screening of children for familial hypercholesterolaemia is feasible in general practice if timed to coincide with a toddler vaccination appointment, researchers say.

In a study screening 10,000 children during routine immunisation visits between 12 and 24 months, the UK researchers initially identified 28 children who had positive results for FH.

This was defined by their high total cholesterol level and/or the presence of an FH mutation.

They found another 17 children with FH mutations but a lower cholesterol level, giving an overall prevalence of mutations of 1 in 273 children.