This test is used to evaluate the level of enzyme Glucose 6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase G6PD in the blood. It is useful for the diagnosis of deficiency of G6PD as this enzyme is vital component of all cells. G6PD plays important role in the protection of cells against toxic compounds produced as a result of cellular metabolism. The function of G6PD is vital for RBCs as any deficiency of G6PD can lead to destruction of red blood cells. This can lead to anemia and jaundice. Other symptoms that lead to the recommendation of this test include difficulty in breathing, enlarged spleen, weakness, paleness and rapid heartbeat.
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