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Favism as a Medical Condition
Symptoms experienced by people with favism vary with the severity of the illness. Mild symptoms may include fatigue, headache, fever, nausea, stomach pain and vomiting. Early signs of favism include dark orange urine, jaundice and feeling worn out over along period of time. If favism is untreated the person may slip into a coma and may require blood transfusion. In infants, young children and very severe cases, favism can be fatal. In addition to fava beans, people with this condition may also be affected by some medicines, including aspirin, anti-malarial drugs and antibiotics, and exposure to napthalene, the chemical in mothballs.
Favism is an inherited condition linked to the X chromosome. Although females may suffer from the disease, they are more often carriers and males are much more likely to become sick with favism. The condition is most common in people of Mediterranean and North African descent. People who inherit this condition do not have an enzyme called Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase or G6PD. G6PD deficiency can be detected by a very simple blood test."
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