How is glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency prevented?

Updated: Jun 25, 2020
  • Author: Lawrence C Wolfe, MD; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Acute hemolytic anemia in G6PD-deficient patients is largely preventable through avoidance of exposure to fava beans and drugs and chemicals that can cause oxidative stress. Identification and discontinuation of the precipitating agent is critical in the management of hemolysis in patients with G6PD deficiency.

Vaccination against hepatitis A and B is recommended in communities with a high prevalence of G6PD deficiency. [39]


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