Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase deficiency presented with convulsion: a rare case

  • Alparslan Merdin | Alparslanmerdin@yahoo.com Department of Internal Medicine, Akdeniz University Hospital, Antalya, Turkey.
  • Fatma Avci Department of Internal Medicine, Akdeniz University Hospital, Antalya, Turkey.
  • Nihal Guzelay Department of Neurology, Akdeniz University Hospital, Antalya, Turkey.

Abstract

Red blood cells carry oxygen in the body and Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase protects these cells from oxidative chemicals. If there is a lack of Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase, red blood cells can go acute hemolysis. Convulsion is a rare presentation for acute hemolysis due to Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase deficiency. Herein, we report a case report of a Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase deficiency diagnosed patient after presentation with convulsion. A 70 year-old woman patient had been hospitalized because of convulsion and fatigue. She has not had similar symptoms before. She had ingested fava beans in the last two days. Her hypophyseal and brain magnetic resonance imaging were normal. Blood transfusion was performed and the patient recovered.

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2014-03-26
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Keywords:
convulsion, fava bean ingestion, Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase deficiency
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Merdin, A., Avci, F., & Guzelay, N. (2014). Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase deficiency presented with convulsion: a rare case. Hematology Reports, 6(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/hr.2014.5266