If you want to have this test, talk to your health care provider.A carrier does not have, and will not develop, sickle cell disease. Anyone can have sickle cell disease or trait including Caucasians but it is seen more in people from Africa, the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Middle East, South East Asia, Western Pacific Region, South America, and Central America.The red blood cells become stiff and block up the blood vessels in your body, causing pain and damage, and they also get destroyed quickly, leading to anemia and other complications.
A carrier does not have, and will not develop, sickle cell disease.
All races should be screened for this hemoglobin at birth. A carrier of sickle cell disease is also said to have the sickle cell trait.
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These rigid rods change the red cells into a sickle shape instead of the normal round shape Normal red blood cells contain hemoglobin A.
Hemoglobin S and hemoglobin C are abnormal types of hemoglobin.It carries oxygen from the air in our lungs to all parts of the body including the blood cells.One little change in this substance causes the hemoglobin to form long rods in the red cells when it gives away oxygen.Sickle cell disease runs in families and is caused by a problem with the hemoglobin gene.Genes are the instructions that tell our bodies how to grow and develop.People with sickle cell trait are generally healthy.