This genetic anomaly results in an inadequate production of glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) in the patient’s blood stream. This enzyme helps in regulating the various biochemical reactions within the body which also keeps the red blood cells in a healthy condition.
HOW IS GLUCOSE 6-PHOSPHATE DEHYDROGENASE DEFICIENCY DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of the condition is usually done with the help of lab tests that will study blood and tissue samples so as to find the faulty carrier gene that may have resulted in the condition, as well as the extent of the damage caused. A complete blood count and reticulocyte count will also be carried out.
HOW IS GLUCOSE 6-PHOSPHATE DEHYDROGENASE DEFICIENCY TREATED?
Usually there is no required treatment for people suffering from Glucose 6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency however they have to avoid medications that cause oxidation and lead to further deficiency. Healthy diet - rich in iron is also suggested.
DID YOU KNOW?
Glucose-6-dehydrogenase deficiency is also a significant cause of mild to severe jaundice in newborns. Many people with this disorder, however, never experience any signs or symptoms.