Our Pointe G6PD test kits are used for measuring the levels of Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) enzyme in the blood.
G6PD is important for normal cell function. Without enough G6PD red blood cells break down prematurely, resulting in haemolytic anaemia and reduced oxygen levels to the organs and tissues.
In people with G6PD deficiency, haemolytic anaemia can be triggered by infections, antimalarial drugs, sulphonamides, aspirin and some non–steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. It can also occur after eating fava beans or certain other legumes.
The G6PD test is a simple hospital test that requires a blood sample.
Each Pointe kit provides everything required for carrying out the G6PD test, including controls.
You will also require a spectrophotometer at 340nm wavelength, or a clinical analyser for running each test and normal laboratory equipment.