Test results can vary greatly depending on hemolysis level. Fewer older red blood cells will skew the results toward less severe G6PDD. This means that for a few weeks after a hemolytic event, the test results will not be correct and can even be negative. (Read: http://g6pddeficiency.org/wp/faq/can-person-tested-g6pdd-birth/) A less severe case of G6PDD can actually be more harmful than a severe case because people with less severe G6PDD tend to think that they don’t have to be so concerned about avoiding triggers and ignore these diet suggestions. This leads to much worse health problems later in life and can even cause a hemolytic crises. Knowing you have G6PDD and taking appropriate action is the best way to stay healthy and avoid G6PDD complications.
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