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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 146-148

Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase screening of babies born in a tertiary care hospital in West Bengal


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, IPGME and R, Kolkata, India
2 MBBS, Department of Community Medicine, IPGME and R, Kolkata, India
3 Professor, Department of Community Medicine, IPGME and R, Kolkata, India
4 Demonstrator, Department of Community Medicine, IPGME and R, Kolkata, India

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Sukamal Bisoi
64/2/1, Danesh Sk. Lane, Howrah-9, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.99908

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About 400 million individuals worldwide have been affected by the inherited disorder of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency that predisposes individuals to neonatal jaundice or hemolytic crisis due to drugs or infections. A descriptive observational study with longitudinal design was undertaken among 109 live newborns, delivered in labor room of IPGME and R, Kolkata during the period from June to August 2009. An objective of the study was to estimate the occurrence of G6PD deficiency among newborns and its association with different socio-demographic, clinical and gestational characteristics. 14.68% newborns were found G6PD deficient. This occurrence was not significantly related to gender, religion and ethnicity, consanguineous marriage of the parents, gestational age and birth weight of the baby. Development of severe jaundice (total serum bilirubin >15 mg/dl) was found 23.8% among G6PD deficient babies and 12.5% among non-G6PD deficient. This difference was statistically not significant.


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