Hemolytic Anemia in Females: An Unexpected Cause
Marcela de Oliveira Pires, Filipa Forjaz Cirurgião, Melissa Brigham Figueiredo, Rita Monteiro.
Department of Pediatrics, Hospital de São Francisco Xavier, Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Ocidental, Lisbon, Portugal.
Abstract
Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency is the most common enzymopathy and is inherited as an X-linked trait, therefore homozygotic females are rare. We present a five-year-old girl, who had severe hemolytic anemia after fava beans ingestion and an infectious insult. Investigations revealed G6PD deficiency associated with a genetic A- variant, which was also present in both her father and brother.

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