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G6pd Deficiency

G6pd Deficiency Causes

G6PD deficiency is a genetic defect on the X chromosome.

G6pd Deficiency Definition

G6PD is an inherited disorder wherein the body's cells are unable to produce a sufficient amount of the enzyme glucose-6 phosphate dehydrogenase or G6PD. This enzyme is important in supporting the red blood cells in their activities. This deficiency may lead to hemolytic anemia especially when the patient is exposed to certain drugs and infections.

G6pd Deficiency Diagnosis

G6PD can be diagnosed via blood serum test and genetic counseling.

G6pd Deficiency Symptoms and Signs

The symptoms for the disease are not evident, while some patients usually develop symptoms of anemia after the RBCs are destroyed.

G6pd Deficiency Treatment

G6PD deficiency is usually left undiagnosed until the patient develops symptoms. Treatment of the disease is by stopping the consumption of food and drugs that trigger the symptoms. Severe cases meanwhile are treated based on the complicating illness caused by the deficiency.

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