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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. 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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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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If both my girlfriend and I have sickle cell trait, what will it mean for us? What are the chances of having a healthy kid? We're both 22

If both my girlfriend and I have sickle cell trait, what will it mean for us? What are the chances of having a healthy kid? We're both 22

Provided both are Ss: Which means you are heterozygous for the hgbs mutation (one normal beta chain and one sickle cell mutant beta chain), then mendelian genetics define risk for having disease, trait, or normal. You have a 25% chance of having a child with sickle cell, a 25% chance of no disease, and a 50% chance of your child having trait. Disease severity is affected by other intrinsic and extrinsic factors. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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