Glucose 6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency is a serious conditions that affects infants and here destruction of the red blood cells or hemolysis occurs. The most common symptoms that are seen here would be include the body being drained of blood and thus turning pale and yellowish. Jaundice -like signs follow with increase in heart rate of the baby.
HOW IS GLUCOSE 6-PHOSPHATE DEHYDROGENASE DEFICIENCY DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the same is done by a paediatric expert who may also run tests prior to birth for checkin this disorder, especially if genetic traits exist in parents. Other genetic testing and blood tests follow suit.
HOW IS GLUCOSE 6-PHOSPHATE DEHYDROGENASE DEFICIENCY TREATED?
Treatment for G6PD deficiency consists of removing the trigger that is causing symptoms. If the condition was triggered by an infection, then the underlying infection is treated accordingly. Treatment may involve:
• Medicines to treat an infection, if present
• Stopping any drugs that are causing red blood cell destruction
• Transfusions, in some cases
DID YOU KNOW?
There is usually no transfusion required in kids suffering from Glucose 6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency unless the problem is extreme.