MARTIN H. STEINBERG, M.D., F.A.C.P.; BERNARD J. DREILING, M.D., F.A.C.P.
There is evidence that the prevalence of G-6-PD deficiency is greater than would be expected in individuals with sickle-cell anemia, which suggests a survival advantage for these patients. We have studied 45 individuals with sickle-cell anemia, with methods for detecting G-6-PD deficiency in the presence of reticulocytosis, and we have found its prevalence to be similar to that of control subjects. The patients were mostly adults with mild sickle-cell disease. The differences between our findings and those reported previously may be partly owing to the nature of the populations studied. Our findings do not provide evidence that G-6-PD deficiency in adults with sickle-cell anemia gives them any advantage in survival.
STEINBERG MH, DREILING BJ. Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency in Sickle-Cell Anemia: A Study in Adults. Ann Intern Med. ;80:217–220. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-80-2-217
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;80(2):217-220.
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