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11 years
3 years ago
He is G-6-PD Deficiency Patient. Please guide me with proper information , from which things he is effected
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Dr. Gopal Samdani
Child Specialist
3 years ago
Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, or G6PD deficiency for short, is the most common inborn metabolic disorder" in the world."
Babies with G6PD deficiency have very little or no enzyme called Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD).
Hemolysis of red blood cells will only occur IF and WHEN a G6PD deficient child is exposed to oxidative substances. Oxidative substances are found in certain drugs, foods, and beverages. The body also produces oxidative substances during severe infections or illnesses such as typhoid fever, pneumonia, or kidney failure. Most drugs with strong oxidative effects are of kinds: 1.? ? ? ? antibiotics of the sulfa group 2.? ? ? ? medicines for malaria 3.? ? ? ? some medicines for fever
When a child has taken oxidative substances and suddenly shows the signs and symptoms of hemolytic anemia, he is said to have a hemolytic crisis. During such crisis, the goal of doctors and nurses is to prevent the harmful effects from getting worse. Blood transfusion, oxygen, and folic acid may be given.
Tell your child's pediatrician that your child has G6PD deficiency. This is very important so that he will not prescribe oxidative drugs in case your child gets ill. He would also be able to watch out for hemolytic crisis and would immediately know what to do just in case it happens.
Memorize the signs and symptoms of hemolytic anemia: paleness, diziness, headache, difficulty in breathing, rapid and strong heartbeats, tea-colored urine, and abdominal or back pain. Bring your child to his pediatrician as soon as these signs and symptoms appear.
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