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This is a G6PD blood test. It will tell you if your body has deficiency of the enzyme G6PD (glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase).
G6PD deficiency is an inherited condition. It is when the body doesn’t have enough of an enzyme called G6PD (glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase). This enzyme helps red blood cells work correctly. A lack of this enzyme can cause hemolytic anemia. This is when the red blood cells break down faster than they are made.
G6PD deficiency is inherited. This means it is passed down from parents through their genes.
Women who carry one copy of the gene can pass G6PD deficiency to their children.
G6PD deficiency occurs most often in men. It is rare in women.
The disorder affects about 10 to 14 out of 100 African-American men in the U.S. It is also common in people from the Mediterranean area, Africa, or Asia.
The severity of the disorder varies, depending on the group. In African Americans, the problem is mild. It mainly affects older red blood cells. In whites, the disorder is often more serious.
There is no need for an appointment to do the G6PD test. After ordering it, you will receive a confirmation message with a map and directions attached. You can then go to Patient Reception at The Doctors Laboratory to give the sample. The laboratory is open 7am – 7pm weekdays and 7am-1pm on Saturdays.
Time Taken: 4 working days *
Results of your G6PD test will be e-mailed to you.
* Indicative timings only. Actual result may be earlier or slightly later.