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Acute Hemolytic Anemia in Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency Complicated by Ginkgo biloba

Lai S.-W.a · Chen J.-H.a · Kao W.-Y.a, b
aDivision of Hematology-Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, and bDivision of Hematology-Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital, Taipei Branch, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC Acta Haematol 2013;130:288-290 (DOI:10.1159/000350599)


We report on a patient with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency who developed acute hemolytic anemia after having received an injection of Ginkgo biloba for dementia prophylaxis without medical advice. She suddenly developed general malaise, generalized yellowish skin color, and tea-colored urine. Intravenous fluid infusion and cessation of G. biloba quickly relieved her clinical symptoms. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report of G. biloba-induced acute hemolytic anemia in vivo. © 2013 S. Karger AG, Basel


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