6 doctors weighed in:

How do you get tested for sickle cell disease?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Blood & hemoglobin

The first test is to do a blood test and/or smear to look for sickle-cell shaped red-blood cells.
This is a tell-tale sign of sickle cell disease. The second is to do a test called a hemoglobin electrophoresis on the blood to test for any of the hemoglobin molecules such as a, c, s, f. Hemoglobin c and especially s are involved in sickle-cell.

In brief: Blood & hemoglobin

The first test is to do a blood test and/or smear to look for sickle-cell shaped red-blood cells.
This is a tell-tale sign of sickle cell disease. The second is to do a test called a hemoglobin electrophoresis on the blood to test for any of the hemoglobin molecules such as a, c, s, f. Hemoglobin c and especially s are involved in sickle-cell.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
Great Answer. Wishing you'all the best.
Dr. Joseph Torkildson
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Blood test

The first test is a sickledex.
This inexpensive, simple test will reveal if there is any sickle hemoglobin present. If so, a hemoglobin electrophoresis should be done. This will distinguish between different sickle cell conditions and allow appropriate counseling.

In brief: Blood test

The first test is a sickledex.
This inexpensive, simple test will reveal if there is any sickle hemoglobin present. If so, a hemoglobin electrophoresis should be done. This will distinguish between different sickle cell conditions and allow appropriate counseling.
Dr. Joseph Torkildson
Dr. Joseph Torkildson
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Steven Seres
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
17 years in practice
497K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors