Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency is a genetic disorder that occurs most often in males. This condition mainly affects red blood cells, which carry oxygen from the lungs to tissues throughout the body. In affected individuals, a defect in an enzyme called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase causes red blood cells to break down prematurely. Symptoms are more common in men and may include:
• Dark urine
• Enlarged spleen
• Rapid heart rate
• Shortness of breath
• Yellow skin color (jaundice)
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?
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?
G6PD deficiency is the most common human enzyme defect, being present in more than 400 million people worldwide.