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Glucose 6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase

Alias: G6PD Assay

Discipline: Haematology

Test information: To see whether you have an inherited deficiency of Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD), necessary to keep red blood cells healthy. The majority of people who demonstrate G6PD deficiency are clinically normal until exposed to one of several oxidant drugs e.g. antimalarial drugs, sulfa drugs. Certain foods may also trigger a crisis e.g. fava beans.

Specimen Type(s)
  • Blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
EDTA, heparin, or acid citrate dextrose (ACD) samples
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Purple Top BD;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • Pink Top Teklab;
  • N/A;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
Maximum add on time
5 days
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
This is a qualitative test- no test range. If abnormal it is referred for the G6PD assay for confirmation
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

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Last updated: 22-11-2023