Introduction: Neonatal screening programs for congenital hypothyroidism (CH) have been implemented worldwide to facilitate early diagnosis and treatment. The Dutch neonatal CH screening is primarily based on the measurement of thyroxine (T4). When T4 is low, an additional thyroxine-binding globulin (TBG) measurement is performed to reduce the number of false-positive screening results due to harmless TBG deficiency. Here, we present a case of a rare functional TBG deficiency leading to a false suspicion of CH. Case Presentation: Neonatal screening in this patient revealed a decreased T4, normal TSH, and normal TBG concentration, suggesting central CH. However, free T4 was normal. DNA sequencing analysis revealed a novel, hemizygous mutation (c.139G>A) in SERPINA7, the gene encoding TBG, resulting in the substitution of the conserved amino acid alanine to threonine at position 27. Crystal structure analyses showed that this substitution has a detrimental effect on binding of T4 to TBG. Conclusions: The novel SERPINA7 variant in this patient led to a false suspicion of central hypothyroidism in the Dutch T4-based neonatal screening program. It is important to recognize patients with such TBG defects to prevent unnecessary additional testing and treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-80
Number of pages5
JournalHormone Research in Paediatrics
Issue number1-2
Early online date2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021


  • Congenital hypothyroidism
  • Neonatal screening
  • Thyroxine-binding globulin deficiency
  • Thyroxine-binding globulin low affinity

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