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Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency via the G6PD Gene

Summary and Pricing

Test Method

Sequencing and CNV Detection via NextGen Sequencing using PG-Select Capture Probes
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G6PD 81249 81249,81479 $990
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7657G6PD81249 81249,81479 $990 Order Options and Pricing

Pricing Comments

Testing run on PG-select capture probes includes CNV analysis for the gene(s) on the panel but does not permit the optional add on of exome-wide CNV analysis. Any of the NGS platforms allow reflex to other clinically relevant genes, up to whole exome or whole genome sequencing depending upon the base platform selected for the initial test.

An additional 25% charge will be applied to STAT orders. STAT orders are prioritized throughout the testing process.

This test is also offered via a custom panel (click here) on our exome or genome backbone which permits the optional add on of exome-wide CNV or genome-wide SV analysis.

Turnaround Time

3 weeks on average for standard orders or 2 weeks on average for STAT orders.

Please note: Once the testing process begins, an Estimated Report Date (ERD) range will be displayed in the portal. This is the most accurate prediction of when your report will be complete and may differ from the average TAT published on our website. About 85% of our tests will be reported within or before the ERD range. We will notify you of significant delays or holds which will impact the ERD. Learn more about turnaround times here.

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Clinical Features and Genetics

Clinical Features

Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD) is a condition that mainly affects red blood cells. People with G6PD are largely asymptomatic but can develop bouts of illness. In affected individuals, mutations in the G6PD gene leads to a decrease in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase enzymatic activity resulting in premature breakdown of red blood cells. Clinical features of G6PD may include hemolytic anemia leading to paleness, lumbar/substernal pain, jaundice, dark urine, fatigue, shortness of breath, and a rapid heart rate. Hemolytic anemia events are often triggered by infection or other oxidative stressors including certain drugs, medical conditions like diabetic ketoacidosis and fava beans (Rochford et al. 2013; Elyassi and Rowshan 2009; Frank 2005). Known drugs to trigger hemolysis in individuals affect with G6PD include sulfonamides, certain analgesics, naphthalene, methylene blue, thiazolesulfone, and a few non-sulfa antibiotics (nalidixic acid, dapsone, nitrofurantoin, isoniazid, and furazolidone) (Frank 2005). The World Health Organization has classified 3 main types of G6PD according to the magnitude of G6PD enzyme deficiency with class I being most severe with less than 10% of normal enzymatic function. Preventative measures such as blood transfusions, splenectomy, folic acid supplementation, and avoidance of drugs or foods that cause hemolysis have been used in management of G6PD (Frank 2005).


G6PD is inherited in an X-linked recessive manner and thereby primarily affects males. Heterozygous females are usually asymptomatic. It affects an estimated 400 million people worldwide with the highest prevalence reported in Africa, southern Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific islands. Missense mutations in the G6PD gene predominantly affect protein stability and are the main documented causative mutation type (Villiamy et al. 1988; Cappellini and Fiorelli 2008). Each ethnic group has predominant founder mutations such as G6PD Mediterranean (c.563C>T). G6PD deficiency provides protection against malarial infection owning to its prevalence in the indicated populations. G6PD enzyme catalyzes the first step in the pentose phosphate pathway which produces antioxidants to protect cells against oxidative stress. Triggers that heighten oxidative stress in red blood cells result in hemolytic anemia and symptom onset in patients with G6PD (Frank 2005).

Clinical Sensitivity - Sequencing with CNV PG-Select

Sequencing by this method is capable of detecting >95% of causative mutations for the G6PD. For individuals with biochemical testing indicating G6PD deficiency, clinical sensitivity is predicted to be >95%.

Testing Strategy

This test provides full coverage of all coding exons of the G6PD gene, plus ~10 bases of flanking noncoding DNA. We define full coverage as >20X NGS reads or Sanger sequencing.

Indications for Test

Candidates for this test are patients showing features consistent with G6PD (anemia, increased LDH, decreased haptoglobin, and presence of Heinz bodies). Biochemical G6PD enzymatic assays may appear normal during an acute hemolytic episode (Aster et al. 2013). Families with members who have known G6PD mutations are also strong candidates.


Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
G6PD 305900
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT


Name Inheritance OMIM ID
Hemolytic anemia due to G6PD deficiency XL 300908


  • Aster, JC, Pozdnyakova, O, Kutok, JL. Hematopathology. Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders, 2013.
  • Cappellini MD, Fiorelli G. 2008. Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency. Lancet 371: 64–74. PubMed ID: 18177777
  • Elyassi AR, Rowshan HH. 2009. Perioperative management of the glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficient patient: a review of literature. Anesth Prog 56: 86–91. PubMed ID: 19769422
  • Frank JE. 2005. Diagnosis and management of G6PD deficiency. Am Fam Physician 72: 1277–1282. PubMed ID: 16225031
  • Rochford R, Ohrt C, Baresel PC, Campo B, Sampath A, Magill AJ, Tekwani BL, Walker LA. 2013. Humanized mouse model of glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency for in vivo assessment of hemolytic toxicity. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. PubMed ID: 24101478
  • Vulliamy TJ, D’Urso M, Battistuzzi G, Estrada M, Foulkes NS, Martini G, Calabro V, Poggi V, Giordano R, Town M. 1988. Diverse point mutations in the human glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase gene cause enzyme deficiency and mild or severe hemolytic anemia. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 85: 5171–5175. PubMed ID: 3393536


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