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Research Article

Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency: a preventable cause of mental retardation.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986; 292 doi: (Published 08 February 1986) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986;292:397
  1. H Singh


    Over two years cord blood from 27 879 babies was screened for glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency. The overall incidence was 3.1% in boys and 1.6% in girls. Sixty nine babies had severe jaundice (bilirubin concentration greater than 380 mmol/l (20 mg/100 ml], and exchange transfusion was performed. Parents were given written and verbal instructions to avoid herbs and drugs that trigger kernicterus, which reduced the incidence of kernicterus and thereby prevented mental retardation. G6PD deficiency is common in all three ethnic groups (Malays, Chinese, and Indians) in Malaysia and screening is recommended.