G6PD (Glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase) Blood Test, from our experts to you.
Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP

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What is

G6PD, glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase, is a chemical found in red blood cells which carry oxygen to all parts of your body.

What does
G6PD do?

G6PD helps the red blood cells to function normally. G6PD also helps protect red blood cells against substances that can build up when you have a fever or take certain medicines.

What could a
low G6PD result mean?

If there is not enough G6PD to protect the red cells, some may be destroyed during fever or while taking these medicines. This is called haemolysis and may be associated with jaundice. If this happens, you may not have enough red blood cells and may become anaemic.

What's included?

Metabolic disorders
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G6PD activity Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) is an enzyme which helps red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to tissues throughout the body. G6PD also helps to protect red blood cells from damage and premature destruction.

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