Favism in a female newborn infant whose mother ingested fava beans before delivery

J Pediatr. 1995 Nov;127(5):807-8. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3476(95)70178-8.


We describe a case of favism in a female newborn infant with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency whose mother had ingested fava beans 5 days before delivery. At birth there were clinical and hematologic signs of hemolytic anemia, hemoglobinuria, and no blood group immunization. Study of the G6PD activity and 2-deoxy-glucose-6-phosphate utilization rate revealed that the infant and the mother were heterozygous for G6PD deficiency.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Blood Transfusion
  • Cesarean Section
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Favism / blood
  • Favism / diagnosis*
  • Favism / etiology
  • Favism / therapy
  • Female
  • Glucosephosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency / blood
  • Heterozygote
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Phototherapy
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects*