What is G6PD Deficiency? How Does It Impact Newborn Babies?

Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, or G6PD, is an enzyme in the body that helps protect red blood cells from injury. When an individual suffers from G6PD deficiency, a genetic disease, he or she fails to make an adequate amount of this enzyme, thereby putting red blood cells in danger of cell death (1). While this condition ranges…

Kernicterus Research

Permanent brain damage can occur in a newborn if the common condition of high bilirubin is allowed to progress. If bilirubin in the blood gets too high, it can enter brain tissue and cause kernicterus and resultant permanent brain injury.