G6PD Blood Test
A G6PD blood test is a laboratory test that measures the activity level of the enzyme glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) in the blood. G6PD is an important enzyme that helps protect red blood cells from damage by certain substances in the body.
G6PD deficiency is a genetic condition that affects the activity level of the G6PD enzyme. People with G6PD deficiency have lower than normal levels of the enzyme and are more susceptible to red blood cell damage from certain substances, including certain medications, infections, and foods.
The G6PD blood test is used to diagnose G6PD deficiency, which can cause hemolytic anemia (a type of anemia caused by the destruction of red blood cells) and can lead to other serious health problems.
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