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Doctor insights on: Effects Of Sickle Cell Trait

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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

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Sickle Cell Carrier (Definition)

Sickle cell carrier has gen for disease so if get married with some body with the same gene they will have children ...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?

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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Do both parents have to have the sickle cell trait for the child to have sickle cell anemia?

Do both parents have to have the sickle cell trait for the child to have sickle cell anemia?

No: 2 abnormal (sickle cell) gene have to be inherited to have sickle cell disease. This can happen if both patents have sickle cell trait, one parent has sickle cell disease or both have sickle cell disease. ...Read more

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Could both parents have to have the sickle cell trait for the child to have sickle cell anemia?

Could both parents have to have the sickle cell trait for the child to have sickle cell anemia?

Yes: Sickle cell anemia requires the gene from both parents to cause ss anemia. If only one parent gave the gene, the kid would be a trait carrier. ...Read more

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Can a father with normal blood and a mother with sickle cell trait have a child with sickle cell anemia?

Can a father with normal blood and a mother with sickle cell trait have a child with sickle cell anemia?

NO: To simplify- providing that the father has a completely normal blood - ( no other type of congenital/hereditary bood disorder-like thalasemia minor, hemoglobin c disease etc) - the baby will have 50% risk to have sickle cell trait-but the baby will not have sickle cell anemia. ...Read more

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What causes the sickle cell trait?

It is inherited: Hemoglobin (HGB) is a complicated chemical that is in the red blood cells and carries oxygen. We inherit one gene from each parent that makes one of the parts of HGB called beta chains. If we inherit a sickle beta chain gene from one parent and a normal beta chain gene from the other, we have sickle trait. If we inherit a sickle beta chain gene from both parents, we have sickle cell anemia. ...Read more

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How is the sickle cell trait passed on?

How is the sickle cell trait passed on?

Straightforward: The beta globin gene is on chromosome 11. Everyone has two, one from each parent. If you have sickle trait, one is normal and the other has the sickle mutation. Half your germ cells (eggs or sperm) will carry the normal gene, half the mutated gene. If you give the mutated gene to your child, they have sickle trait. If they get a mutated gene from your partner too, they have sickle cell disease. ...Read more

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What is the cause of sickle cell trait?

It is inherited: Hemoglobin (HGB) is a complicated chemical that is in the red blood cells and carries oxygen. We inherit one gene from each parent that makes one of the parts of HGB called beta chains. If we inherit a sickle beta chain gene from one parent and a normal beta chain gene from the other, we have sickle trait. If we inherit a sickle beta chain gene from both parents, we have sickle cell anemia. ...Read more

Dr. James Ball
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Sickle Cell Disease (Definition)

A group of disorders that cause red blood cells to become ...Read more