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Does the g6pd level change at all during the lifetime?

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Dr. Joseph Torkildson
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Not really

African-americans with g6pd deficiency often have normal amounts in young blood cells, but it disappears faster than usual.
If they have a "hemolytic episode" and destroy many of their cells at once, the level can appear normal because there are a lot of very young blood cells with normal amounts of g6pd. Within 6-8 weeks the level will be below normal again.

In brief: Not really

African-americans with g6pd deficiency often have normal amounts in young blood cells, but it disappears faster than usual.
If they have a "hemolytic episode" and destroy many of their cells at once, the level can appear normal because there are a lot of very young blood cells with normal amounts of g6pd. Within 6-8 weeks the level will be below normal again.
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