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Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (GPD)

Also known as: G-6-PD; RBC G6PD test
Formal name: Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase
Related tests: CBC, Blood Smear, Reticulocyte Count, Bilirubin, RBC Count, Hemoglobin, Autohemolysis Test, Heinz Body Stain

Why should I do it?
To determine whether you have an inherited G6PD deficiency

When should I do it?
When a child experienced persistent jaundice as a newborn that was not due to another identified cause; when you have had one or more intermittent bouts of hemolytic anemia that appear to be triggered by infection or drugs

What Kind of Sample is Needed?
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 until after the episode has resolved.
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