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Table 4 Characteristics of the birth defect registries used for comparison with Lombardy birth defects registry

From: Descriptive epidemiology of selected birth defects, areas of Lombardy, Italy, 1999

Characteristic Finland Georgia Hawaii Lombardy
Type of registry Population-based Population-based Population-based Population-based
Size (births/year) 58,000 50,019 20,636 12,008
Time for diagnosis Up to 1 y Up to 6 y Up to 1 y Up to 1 y
Compulsory Yes Yes Yes No
Defects in abortion/terminations considered? Yes Yes Yes Not yet
Case ascertainment Passive Active Active Passive
Sources:     
   Hospital reports Yes Yes Yes Yes
   Pathology reports Yes Yes Yes Yes
   Cytogenetic lab reports Yes Yes Yes Yes
   Other registries National registers of abortions and births No No No
   Hospital discharges Yes Yes Yes Yes
   Death certificates Yes Yes Yes Yes
   Birth certificates Yes Yes Yes Yes
   Fetal death certificates No Yes Yes No