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What are the tests for sickle cell carrier?

What are the tests for sickle cell carrier?

Sickle cell trait: Sickle cell trait can be diagnosed by a heel stick at birth or by performing hemoglobin electrophoresis of the blood (a simple blood test). ...Read more

Dr. James Ball
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Sickle Cell Disease (Definition)

This is a genetic disorder in which hemoglobin is abnormally made., more common in people of african descent. This abnormality causes red blood cells to become stiff and fall apart. This can cause very specific symptoms: pain, pneumonias, strokes, spleen problems, and many other problems. Some have mild disease, some ...Read more


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Are the symptoms of sickle cell carrier observatble?

Usually no: The sc carrier state is associated with normal hematological values and normal life span. Knowledge of carrier status is important for reproductive planning since carriers can have children with sickle cell disease. Although uncommon, persons who are carriers for sickle cell may develop specific rare symptoms that may be related to sickle cell trait. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get malaria if you are a sickle cell carrier?

Yes.: You can still get malaria. It is harder for the infection to propagate. The disease multiplies by infecting red blood cells. These cells, in people with sickle cell trait, do not live very long with the infection. This does not allow for the infection to increase. ...Read more

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Is it still dangerous for a sickle cell carrier to have a general anasthetic during surgery?

It Shouldn't Be!: Patients with sickle cell trait (carriers) are at minimal risk of developing any clinical problems except under very severe environmental conditions. Strange things can always happen, but a good anesthesiologist should be able to get a patient with sickle cell trait through any operation safely. ...Read more

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I just took a sickle cell screen and result was negative. Does that mean i'm not a sickle cell carrier-aa genotype?

I just took a sickle cell screen and result was negative. Does that mean i'm not a sickle cell carrier-aa genotype?

Means no Hgb S: This test is specifically looking for HGB s. It will detect sickle trait (hgb as) or sickle cell disease (hgb ss). If the test is negative it means there is no sickle hemoglobin present, but it does not mean aa. There are many abnormal hemoglobins that are not aa, but would also test negative on a sickle screen. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for sickle cell trait?

No: And no cure is needed. With rare exceptions sickle trait has no impact on health and longevity. ...Read more

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If I have sickle cell trait is it possible to now be sickle cell anemia?

If I have sickle cell trait is it possible to now be sickle cell anemia?

Confusing question: SS disease requires the genes for sickle cell from both parents, while S trait has it from one. You cannot change the genetic makeup that you were born with. Someone with trait can have a kid with SS if the partner has trait or SS. ...Read more

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If me and boyfriend both have sickle cell trait, how will we prevent our children from having full sickle cell anemia?

If me and boyfriend both have sickle cell trait, how will we prevent our children from having full sickle cell anemia?

Nothing: Unfortunately, there would be 25% chance for your child to have sickle cell disease and 50% chance for sickle cell trait . With our technology now, nothing can alter the risk. Sorry to say , the only thing for somebody with sickle cell trait to completely prevent any possibility of having a biological child with sickle cell disease is by having a child with somebody with normal hb. ...Read more

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If a child has sickle cell anemia, wouldn't both the parents need to have sickle cell trait?

No: There are varying forms of sickling diseases, however it is a recessive trait and so the parents may appear fine but carry the trait and yet have a child with the disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Sickle Cell Carrier (Definition)

Sickle cell trait is a genetic condition where a person has one gene copy for the abnormal hemoglobin protein. Having two gene copies would cause red blood cells ...Read more