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Both carriers of sickle cell anemia. What can you tell them about their chances of any child of theirs exhibiting this disease?

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Dr. Martin Andreansky
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: In theory 25%

Please remember these statistics apply to large population and therefore it is possible for a couple with sickle cell trait have children with and without sickle cell disease.

In brief: In theory 25%

Please remember these statistics apply to large population and therefore it is possible for a couple with sickle cell trait have children with and without sickle cell disease.
Dr. Martin Andreansky
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Simple math

Any conception of two sickle cell carriers could produce :sickle cell disease (1/4), carrier(2/4) normal(1/4).
It is important to stress, any pregnancy could produce ss sickle cell disease no mater if the previous pregnancy did or did not. Many state newborn screening programs look for ss or s trait. If baby gets a s gene from each parent they will get sick. Carriers generally do not.

In brief: Simple math

Any conception of two sickle cell carriers could produce :sickle cell disease (1/4), carrier(2/4) normal(1/4).
It is important to stress, any pregnancy could produce ss sickle cell disease no mater if the previous pregnancy did or did not. Many state newborn screening programs look for ss or s trait. If baby gets a s gene from each parent they will get sick. Carriers generally do not.
Dr. James Ferguson
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