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Sickle Cell Anemia

Testing for the Sickle Cell Trait

09/13/2006

Question:

How can I know if I have the gene for sickle cell disease?

Answer:

There is a simple blood test called a hemoglobin electropheresis that can be performed. It will tell you if you have sickle trait which means that you are a "carrier" and have one gene for sickle cell that can be passed down to your children. I would recommend asking your doctor about it and he/she can potentially order the test for you.

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Response by:

Anthony D Villella, MD Anthony D Villella, MD
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University