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    What is the prognosis for G6PD deficiency?

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    Arlene is a registered practising dietitian, with a private practice in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, and has built a strong business over the last … View Profile

    Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6-PD) deficiency is a hereditary condition in which red blood cells break down when the body is exposed to certain drugs or the stress of infection.  Persons with this condition do not display any signs of the disease until their red blood cells are exposed to certain chemicals in food or medicine, or to stress.

    Symptoms are more common in men and may include: Dark Urin, Enlarged spleen. Fatigue, Pallor,Rapid Heart Rate, Shortness of Breath, Yellow skin colour (jaundice)

    The prognosis for almost everyone with G6PD deficiency is excellent. Large studies have shown that G6PD-deficient individuals do not acquire any illnesses more frequently than the rest of the population. In fact the opposite may be true for some diseases like ischemic heart disease and cerebrovascular disease. Spontaneous recovery from a hemolytic episode is the usual outcome.

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