Author : Issa Habeeb, Sawsan
The Medical Journal of Basrah University,
Volume 25, Issue 2, Pages 45-48
A prospective study was carried out to evaluate the frequency of toxoplasmosis in children with glucose-6-
phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency at Basrah General Hospital and Basrah Maternity and Children Hospital for 1
year (from October 2004 - October 2005). One hundred ten children (6 months - 60 months) of age were screened
for both toxoplasmosis antibodies and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency; fifty (45.5%) children had
glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, 48% of them had toxoplasmosis. The reminder sixty children
(54.5%) had normal glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase activity; among them fifteen (25%) had toxoplasmosis.
From this study it was concluded that acquired toxoplasmosis was significantly higher among children with G6PD
deficiency compared to those of normal G6PD activity.