WHERE CAN I BE TESTED FOR SICKLE CELL DISORDER/TRAIT?
Your physician can give you the test or the test may be performed at some hospitals, sickle cell centers, and health department clinics.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF SICKLE CELL DISEASE?
Sickle cell anemia (Hb SS) is the most common type of sickle cell disease. There are other hemoglobin types such as hemoglobin C or hemoglobin E, that in combination with the gene for sickle hemoglobin can result in different forms of sickle cell disease (Hb SC, Hb SE, Hb S/beta thalassemia).
WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF HAVING A BABY WITH SICKLE CELL DISEASE?
When BOTH parents have sickle cell trait (AS), the child may inherit one of the following:
two normal hemoglobin genes
one normal hemoglobin gene and one sickle cell gene
two sickle cell genes
With EACH pregnancy there is a:
25% chance that the baby's red blood cells will be normal. This is also known as (AA).
50% chance that the baby will have sickle cell trait. This is referred to as (AS).
25% chance that the baby will have sickle cell disease which is popularly called (SS).