This condition
deficiency is a hereditary condition in which red
blood cells break down when the body is exposed
to certain drugs or the stress of infection.
G6PD deficiency occurs when a person is
missing or doesn’t have enough of an
enzyme called glucose-6-phosphate
dehydrogenase, which helps red blood cells
work properly.
Too little G6PD leads to the destruction
of red blood cells. This process is called
hemolysis. When this process is actively
occurring, it is called a hemolytic episode.
The episodes are usually brief, because
the body continues to produce new red
blood cells, which have normal activity.
Red blood cell destruction can be
triggered by infections, severe stress,
certain foods (such as fava beans), and
certain drugs, including:
Antimalarial drugs
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs (NSAIDs)
Sulfa drugs
Treatment may involve:
Medicines to treat an infection, if
Stopping any drugs that are causing
red blood cell destruction
Transfusions, in some cases. Prevention
Persons with G6PD deficiency must
strictly avoid things that can trigger an
episode. Talk to your health care provider
about your medications.
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