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If you are a carrier of sickle cells does it affect you like someone with sickle cell anemia?

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Dr. Lea Danielsen
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Generally no

A "carrier" inherited the sickle trait from one parent.
Sickle cell anemia (ssa), occurs in those who inherit the sickle cell gene from both parents. This is associated with a variety of serious symptoms. The problem with trait is that if your partner also has it you can pass on ssa to a child. Rarely being a carrier causes symptoms but generally much more mild than with ssa.

In brief: Generally no

A "carrier" inherited the sickle trait from one parent.
Sickle cell anemia (ssa), occurs in those who inherit the sickle cell gene from both parents. This is associated with a variety of serious symptoms. The problem with trait is that if your partner also has it you can pass on ssa to a child. Rarely being a carrier causes symptoms but generally much more mild than with ssa.
Dr. Lea Danielsen
Dr. Lea Danielsen
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

The presents of a normal gene next to the sickle gene allows the DNA to manage creation of hemoglobin that functions normally under most circumstances.

In brief: No

The presents of a normal gene next to the sickle gene allows the DNA to manage creation of hemoglobin that functions normally under most circumstances.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. James Ball
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Altitude

Generally no. There are many cases of spleen problems noted in sickle cell carriers when they come to high altitude.
This typically causes abdominal pain and a sudden loss of red blood cells (they get trapped in the spleen). Typically this can occur with dehydration at altitudes of 8000 feet or more.

In brief: Altitude

Generally no. There are many cases of spleen problems noted in sickle cell carriers when they come to high altitude.
This typically causes abdominal pain and a sudden loss of red blood cells (they get trapped in the spleen). Typically this can occur with dehydration at altitudes of 8000 feet or more.
Dr. James Ball
Dr. James Ball
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