What is G6PD Deficiency? Abridged

{Adapted from ‘Mommy Levy What is G6PD Deficiency}                                   To those who doesn’t know about this, let me explain it to you. G6PD Deficiency or glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenate deficiency is an inherited disorder that typically occurs in males. The said disorder is said to be the most common metabolic disorder affecting infants which requires strict nutritional and dietary care not only for the babies but also for their nursing mothers. It is often affecting the red blood cells which are responsible in the transportation of oxygen through the lungs and into the whole body. In this case, the body isn’t producing enough glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenate causing the disruption of red blood cells before they fully mature or hemolysis in medical term. As an enzyme, G6PD is in charge in the process by which carbohydrates are broken down into energy. The said enzyme also helps in the protection of RBCs after the body’s system is exposed to medications, infections or other certain harmful byproducts. Hemolytic anemia is well thought to be the most notable indicator for the said disorder and is said to be caused by the intake of certain foods, medications or other substances that can trigger the stress. There is still no known cure until now but avoiding the substances that can trigger the symptom occurrence is recommended. Symptoms may include lethargy, fever, shortness of breath, jaundice, skin pallor or tenderness.

For you to be able to take good care of patients having this disease, you should always keep in mind that avoiding the triggering factors such as medications or other harmful substances should be in the top priority.









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