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J Coll Physicians Surg Pak. 2005 Mar;15(3):137-41.

Frequency of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency in some ethnic groups of Pakistan.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Combined Military Hospital, Attock, Pakistan. nmjrm@hotmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the frequency of G6PD deficiency in young healthy adult males of some ethnic groups in Pakistan.

DESIGN:

Descriptive study.

PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY:

Study performed in Combined Military Hospital, Attock in collaboration with Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Rawalpindi from October 2003 to January 2004.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

Asymptomatic and healthy adult males were included in the study. A brief clinical record including age, ethnic group, place of residence, and history of past illnesses including fever, episodes of recurrent jaundice were recorded. Met-hemoglobin reduction test for G6PD screening was performed. Hemoglobin, red cell indices and total leukocyte count of G6PD deficient cases were measured on Sysmex KX 32 hematology analyzer.

RESULTS:

Three thousand adult males with age between 17 years to 23 years were screened. G6PD deficiency was detected in 1.8%. Deficiency state was 1.07% in Kashmiris, 1.47% in Punjabis, 2.77% in Sindhis, and 3.17% in Pathans. Past history of recurrent jaundice was present in 5.7%. Mild anemia was present in 3.8%.

CONCLUSION:

Frequency of G6PD deficiency was 1.8% in young healthy adults with insignificant difference among various ethnic groups except in Pathans.

PMID:
15808089
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