The UK NSC recommendation on Fetomaternal and Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia (FMAIT) screening

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed March 2017
Next review due in 2019/20
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When an unborn baby's platelets (cells necessary for blood clotting) are not recognised by the mother's body, she sometimes makes antibodies which attack the baby's platelets (Fetomaternal alloimmune thrombocytopenia, FMAIT). This causes bleeding in the baby in the womb or shortly after birth. Babies can be at serious risk of brain damage or death.


British Association of Perinatal Medicine
British Committee for Standards in Haematology (BCSH)
British Paediatric Allergy, Immunology and Infection Group
Faculty of Public Health
NAIT Babies
NHS Blood & Transplant
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Midwives
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
UK Newborn Screening Laboratories Network

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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icon Summary of Policy Recommendation and Consultation responses for FMAIT 250713 (PDF document, 42KB, 26/07/13)

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