Sickle cell disease is an inherited life-threatening blood disorder that affects the red blood cells. These sickled cells carry less oxygen to parts
of the body and when these misshaped cells are clumped together causes pain crisis. It affects African Americans, Hispanics, Greeks, Italians,
East Indians, Saudi Arabians, Asians, Syrians, Turks, Cypriots, Sicilians, Caucasians, and others. Sickle cell disease is quietly devastating. Its
symptoms can occur in any part of the body. Persons with the disease extremely vulnerable to infections. They may also suffer from jaundice
deterioration of joints, kidney infections, recurrent severe pain episodes, strokes, blindness and a shortened life expectancy. Sickle cell disease
can lead to other ailments. These include strokes, kidney and liver problems. There is no cure.
is sickle cell trait?
trait means having one gene for a condition called
sickle cell disease (SCD). This in itself does not
normally cause problems and sickle cell trait is not
considered as a disease. It is extremely rare for it to
cause problems or complications, which mainly occur
under conditions of severe physical stress. Sickle cell
trait is important because your children can inherit the
sickle cell gene. If BOTH parents have sickle cell
trait, their children could get a double dose of the
sickle cell gene, which would give them the serious
condition called SCD. This is relevant if you are
pregnant or wanting to start a family.