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G6PD, glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase, is a chemical found in red blood cells which carry oxygen to all parts of the body.
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.
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 the person may not have enough red blood cells and may become anaemic.
Most people with G6PD deficiency have completely normal health. However, problems can occur occasionally. These problems are much more common in boys and men with G6PD deficiency than girls and women. Some children and adults with G6PD deficiency may develop haemolysis and anaemia if they get a fever or if they take one of the medicines listed below. Some people may develop haemolysis and anaemia if they eat broad beans (this is called favism). An affected person feels unwell, becomes pale and jaundiced (yellow) and may have a backache and pass dark urine.
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
We will send you your G6PD (Glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase) blood test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.
Your G6PD (Glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase) test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your G6PD (Glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase) test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
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