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G6PD

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Also known as: G-6-PD; RBC G6PD test
Formal name: Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine whether you have an inherited G6PD deficiency

When to Get Tested?

When a child experienced persistent jaundice as a newborn for unknown reasons; when you have had one or more intermittent bouts of hemolytic anemia that may be triggered by an infection or certain medications

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm, by fingerstick, or by heelstick (newborns)

Test Preparation Needed?

Generally, none; however, if symptoms are acute, it is advised that you wait to be tested for at least several weeks after the episode has resolved.