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March 25, 1974

Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency in Military Recruits

Author Affiliations

From the Clinical Medical Sciences Department, Naval Medical Research Institute, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.

JAMA. 1974;227(12):1408-1409. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230250032024

A survey was conducted to determine the incidence of erythrocyte glucose6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency in Navy and Marine Corps black, male recruits. The incidence of G6PD deficiency in 20,810 recruits was 12.6%. The incidence of G6PD deficiency in individuals with hemoglobin AS trait or hemoglobin AC trait was the same as the incidence in persons with hemoglobin A. Automated testing of large numbers of persons for G6PD deficiency is technically feasible.