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What is Sickle Cell Trait?

When someone has inherited Sickle Cell Trait, the majority of all red blood cells they carry are normal red blood cells with some sickle cell shaped blood cells (see picture). These cells are shaped like a sickle which is a farmers tool used to cut grass and hay.

These people are healthy carriers and should not experience any problems. Some very famous sportsmen and women are carriers of Sickle Cell Trait.

Carriers of Sickle Cell are also known as having Sickle Cell Trait or HB AS. You have inherited the sickle gene (Hb S) from one parent and the usual haemoglobin (Hb A) from the other. This is not an illness and it should not weaken you physically or mentally. You can find out if you carry Sickle Cell Trait by having a simple blood test done at your GP's Surgery. You cannot "catch" Sickle Cell from anyone and if you do have Sickle Cell Trait then it will not turn into Sickle Cell Disorder.

However, you can pass it on to your children and if you have children with some one who also has the trait (i.e. Sickle Cell Trait, Beta Thalassaemia Trait or some other Traits) then this could result in your baby having a "Sickle Cell Disorder". That is why it is important to find out if your partner also has Sickle Cell or Thalassaemia before you plan a family. If you are a carrier of Sickle Cell Trait and your partner does not carry a Haemoglobin Disorder then there is no risk that your baby could have a serious inherited anaemia.

If you carry Sickle cell Trait then there is a chance that your brothers or sisters could also carry it. Encourage them to ask their GP for a blood test to find out if they are a carrier.

If you ever go into hospital then you should tell staff that you carry Sickle Cell Trait or Sickle Cell Disorder. This is to ensure that you are not short of oxygen if you have to have an anaesthetic. Anaesthetics are used before an operation to put the person to sleep but they can cause "sickling" of the red blood cells or a Sickle Cell Crisis unless the hospital staff now you are a carrier.

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