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Can white males have sickle cell disease? And if so would their RBC count be low?

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David Miller
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In brief: Rarely, yes

Sickle cell disease is most common in blacks of sub-saharan west african ancestry.
However, other ethnic groups can more rarely have the disease and they would much more likely have the "trait" rather than the "disease, " meaning they are only a carrier would have few, if any symptoms. Please see the answer by sg erman, md for statistics.

In brief: Rarely, yes

Sickle cell disease is most common in blacks of sub-saharan west african ancestry.
However, other ethnic groups can more rarely have the disease and they would much more likely have the "trait" rather than the "disease, " meaning they are only a carrier would have few, if any symptoms. Please see the answer by sg erman, md for statistics.
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Dr. SG Erman
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes to both

Incidence of sickle cell trait blacks 1:12 caucasians 1:143 sickle cell disease (african-americans) 1:500 births (caucasians) 1:58, 140 births.

In brief: Yes to both

Incidence of sickle cell trait blacks 1:12 caucasians 1:143 sickle cell disease (african-americans) 1:500 births (caucasians) 1:58, 140 births.
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