G6PD Deficiency Without Symptoms: Should You Worry
Most children with G6PD deficiency don’t show symptoms until exposed to certain medications or food triggers such as Soy products, fava beans, and legumes. As long as triggers are avoided, children with G6PD deficiency can live normal and healthy lives. However, symptoms can be different for each person. When exposed to specific triggers, some may show mild symptoms to none at all. For others, the effects are more serious.
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What causes these differences? Researchers say our genes play a vital role in how a child is at risk.
G6PD deficiency is genetic
G6PD deficiency is a hereditary genetic condition. This means that one or both parents can pass this condition to their child. It all starts with a defective X chromosome gene (one of the two sex chromosomes).
- Boys who get the defective X chromosome gene will have G6PD deficiency
- Girls with only one affected X chromosome gene become carriers and have no symptoms at all
- Girls who have two affected X chromosome genes often have symptoms
Generally, all G6PD deficient children have the same risk of developing anemia when exposed to certain triggers. So whether they have symptoms or not, it is best not to change your outlook in handling their condition. It’s important to continue managing your child’s G6PD deficiency.
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