Ordering Recommendation

Preferred genetic test for individuals of African descent. Use to detect the single most common pathogenic G6PD variant (the A- allele) in individuals of African descent. For initial screening for GP6D deficiency, refer to Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (0080135).




Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction


Mon, Thu


4-10 days

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York DOH approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

Lavender (EDTA), pink (K2EDTA), or yellow (ACD Solution A or B).

Specimen Preparation

Transport 3 mL whole blood. (Min: 1 mL)

Storage/Transport Temperature


Unacceptable Conditions

Frozen specimens in glass collection tubes.


Ambient: 72 hours; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 1 month

Reference Interval

Interpretive Data

Background Information for Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) 2 Mutations:
G6PD deficiency can cause chronic hemolytic anemia, food-, drug- and infection-mediated acute hemolytic anemia, and neonatal jaundice. Most mutations identified to-date have been classified according to the following scheme: Class I - severe enzyme deficiency with chronic non-spherocytic hemolytic anemia (CNSHA); Class II - severe enzyme deficiency with less than 10 percent of the normal activity; Class III - mild to moderate enzyme deficiency (10 to 60 percent of normal activity); and Class IV - very mild to almost normal enzyme activity (greater than 60 percent normal activity with no clinical consequences).
Drug Sensitivities:
Adriamycine and other anthracycline chemotherapy agents, Dapsone, Flutamide, Mafenide cream, Methylene blue, Nalidixic acid, Nitrofurantoin, Phenazopyridine, Primaquine, Rasburicase, Sulfacetamide, Sulfamethoxazole, and Sulfanilamide.
Varies by ethnicity; 7 in 10 Kurdish Jewish males; 1 in 6 to 10 African American males; 1 in 7 to 9 Arabic males; 1 in 6 to 16 Southeast Asian males.
X-linked recessive.
Deleterious mutations in only the Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) gene.
Mutations Tested:
c.376A>G and c.202G>A (A- allele: both mutations present in cis; A+ allele: c.376A>G alone; c.202G>A is rarely if ever seen alone).
Clinical Sensitivity:
99 percent in individuals of African descent.
Allele-specific hydrolysis probes (TaqMan) and fluorescent monitoring.
Analytical Sensitivity and Specificity:
99 percent.
Only the two G6PD gene mutations targeted (c.376A>G and c.202G>A) will be detected; analytical sensitivity may be affected by rare primer or probe site mutations. Diagnostic errors can occur due to rare sequence variations.

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This test was performed in a CLIA certified laboratory and is intended for clinical purposes.

Counseling and informed consent are recommended for genetic testing. Consent forms are available online.

Compliance Category

Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)


This assay detects the following mutations: A376G and G202A in the G6PD gene.

Hotline History


CPT Codes



Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0051671 G6PD Allele 1 21681-2
0051679 G6PD Allele 2 21681-2
0051687 G6PD Mutations Interpretation 21680-4
2001311 G6PD Africa Specimen 31208-2
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Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) 2 Mutations