What are indications for glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency screening?

Updated: Feb 19, 2019
  • Author: Srikanth Nagalla, MBBS, MS, FACP; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Indications for testing for glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency include the following [21] :

  • Development of hemolysis after taking medications or experiencing conditions that can induce oxidant stress
  • Unexplained or prolonged neonatal hyperbilirubinemia
  • Non-spherocytic hemolytic anemia (since the underlying cause might be severe G6PD deficiency and chronic hemolysis)

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