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  • G6PD Deficiency
    G6PD deficiency is the lack of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, an enzyme present in red blood cells, which can cause a type of anemia known as hemolytic anemia. Red blood cells carry oxygen in the body and G6PD protects these cells from natural oxygen chemicals (oxidative substances) that may build up. This may occur when you have a fever, take certain medications like pain medicines, certain antibiotics, and drugs to treat malaria, or when you are exposed to other specific substances, such as mothballs or fava beans. If there are too many of these chemicals, they can destroy the red blood cells prematurely.

  • Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency - Genetics Home Reference
    The most common medical problem associated with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency is hemolytic anemia, which occurs when red blood cells are destroyed faster than the body can replace them.

    Web Site - offering information on the genetic, physiological, molecular and clinical aspects of G6PD deficiency

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