Patterns of inborn errors of metabolism: A 12 year single-center hospital-based study in Libya

Hanna AlObaidy
  • Qatar Medical Journal, December 2013, QScience
  • DOI: 10.5339/qmj.2013.18

IEM in Libya

What is it about?

The first inborn errors of metabolism preliminary findings in Libya, we have very few reports explaining the incidence and clinical presentation of IEM. This study reports our local experience in the field of IEM over the last 12 years. The study sample was believed to be representative of the Libyan population because, despite the large size of Libya, it is mostly desert with few medical services, these children and families are seen are concentrated in the capital Tripoli.

Why is it important?

To study the socio-demographic characteristics and the clinical presentation of IEM in Libyan children and to shed light on our experience in dealing with these disorders.


Dr Hanna A Alobaidy
Tripoli University

The Libyan healthcare system has been suffering for decades because the Libyan government has not dedicated enough resources to dealing with this problem. The newborn screening program has not been introduced nationally. Consanguineous marriages in Libya (48.4% as inter-marriages between relatives including 30% between first cousins). Our study provides useful information for health policy and planning services for future metabolic newborn screening programs.

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