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Glucose 6 - phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) screen


TestGlucose 6 - phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) screen
Common AbbreviationsG6PD
Clinical IndicationSome anti-malaria drugs (e.g. primaquine) may cause oxidant-induced haemolytic anaemia in those with a deficiency of G6PD - individuals with P.vivax and P.ovale (negative P.Falcip) should have their G6PD level checked before drug therapy is initiated If this occurs in SGH please refer samples to York for urgent analysis. Other clinical indication pre oxidant drug administration and unexplained cases of prolonged jaundice or haemolysis
Specimen TypeBlood
Sample TypeEDTA
Minimum Volume1 x 3 mL (adult) 1 x 0.5 mL (paed) (can be shared with a FBC sample)
Special Precautions
Stability7 days discuss with Haematology Consultant if urgent
Turnaround Time24 hrs (urgent) 48 hours (routine)
LaboratoryYork Hospital
Reference IntervalReference range printed on final report.
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