G6PD

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Also known as: G-6-PD
Formal name: Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase
Related tests: FBC; Blood film; Reticulocyte count; Bilirubin; RBC count; Haemoglobin; Autohaemolysis test; Heinz body stain

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To see whether you have an inherited deficiency of Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD), necessary to keep red blood cells healthy

When to Get Tested?

If a child has long term jaundice as a newborn and no other cause can be identified; when you have had one or more bouts of haemolysis (break-up of red blood cells, which may cause jaundice, dark urine or anaemia), particularly if the haemolysis follows "oxidative" stress caused by some medicines, foods, or infections

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

None required