Clinical Features of an Acute Hemolytic Episode After Fava Bean Ingestion in a Patient with Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) Deficiency (Favism, Fava Crisis)


Patients with deficiency of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) enzyme activity in erythrocytes may be unable to generate sufficient NADPH to compensate for a significant oxidative stress, which can result in hemolysis. Some patients with G6PD dehydrogenase may develop an acute hemolytic anemia after ingestion of fava beans (broadbean).

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