What is included in patient education about glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency?

Updated: Jun 25, 2020
  • Author: Lawrence C Wolfe, MD; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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The X-linked pattern of inheritance of G6PD deficiency and its clinical severity should be discussed with parents, and counseling with regard to their risk for having other children with the condition should be provided, especially in populations in which G6PD deficiency is highly prevalent. [11]

If a mother is heterozygous, the chance of recurrence is 50% with every subsequent male pregnancy. [14]

Parental-child G6PD deficiency self-care discussions are associated with better child health, and parental involvement in these discussions is facilitated by the thoroughness and clarity of patient education received from the provider. [11]

Additional resources are available at G6PD Deficiency Association - Favism.


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