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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sickle Cell Carrier (Overview)

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 to be sickle cells.


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Are the symptoms of sickle cell carrier observatble?

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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Dr. Michael Gabor
73 doctors shared insights

Sickle Cell Carrier (Overview)

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 to be sickle cells.


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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

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Living with Sickle Cell Disease (Tip)

Living with Sickle Cell Disease

People with sickle cell trait are less likely to get malaria. ...See more

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Living with Sickle Cell Disease (Checklist)

Keep doctor's appointments
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Go to lab appointments
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Keep oxygen up by maintaining low weight, no smoking
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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 treatment available for people with sickle cell trait and alpha thalassemia?

Is there a treatment available for people with sickle cell trait and alpha thalassemia?

Yes: Hematologists (blood specialists) evaluate persons with both sickle cell trait and Alpha thalassemia disease. The sickling should not be a problem, because the person is only sickle trait, and Alpha thal. Mutations seem to lessen the tendency of blood cells to sickle from the sickle cell mutation. Persons with both sickle trait and Alpha thal. Trait probably won't have symptoms needing treatment. ...Read more

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Living with Sickle Cell Disease (Tip)

Living with Sickle Cell Disease

For sickle cell disease, have gall bladder ultrasound every three to five years to look for stones. ...See more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
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Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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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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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