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what can you mean if the result of g6pd in newborn screening is deficient?

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Dr. Louis Cooper
Pediatrics 48 years experience
More information nee: Infant my have increased bilirubin (jaundice) or may also have infection and anemia. Infant may also be normal. Check with baby's physician!
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Workup/mgt: This test results requires follow up testing. It may indicate a condition called G6PD deficiency. Additional tests will include a complete blood cell count.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Ped cell lifespan: Red cells are made without nuclei & carry a limited set of enzymes to convert sugar to energy & maintain the cell wall for their 100 day lifespan.G6pd is an important enzyme for rbc energy production & if low, various meds or illnesses can trigger cell breakdown & drop the blood cell count. Knowing this ahead of time allows you to avoid certain meds &/or recognize the problem early.

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Is it necessary to have a confirmatory test if found positive in g6pd newborn screening?

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Dr. Scott Diede
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Usually not...: If a baby is found to have g6pd deficiency on newborn screening, it usually means that the infant actually has it. The test can be falsely negative in certain circumstances, but a positive test is usually accurate. That being said, different states use different tests. I would 1st talk with your pediatrician about this, then they may refer you to hematologist to get guidance on living with g6pd.

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