glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase test

glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) test

a blood test to diagnose G6PD deficiency in suspected individuals. Deficiency of this enzyme causes precipitation of hemoglobin and cellular membrane changes, possibly resulting in hemolysis of variable severity, a sex-linked trait carried on the X chromosome.
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Everyone receives a glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase test, because some personnel serving in Afghanistan have contracted malaria.
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