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Henna causes life threatening haemolysis in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency


Haemolytic crisis in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficient individuals following topical application of henna occured in four children: a female neonate (haemoglobin 50 g/l, serum bilirubin 700 μmol/l), who recovered after exchange transfusion; a male infant (haemoglobin 28 g/l) who died despite transfusion; and two preschool children (haemoglobin 40 and 41 g/l respectively).

  • henna
  • lawsone
  • glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency
  • haemolysis

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