Sickle Cell Disease | Diagnosis & Tests

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How can my doctor tell if I have sickle cell disease?

If you are at risk because of your family history or ethnic group, ask your doctor to check you for sickle cell trait or disease. Your doctor may order a blood test to see if you  have sickle cell disease.

How can my doctor tell if my baby has sickle cell disease?

If you are at risk, ask your doctor to check you and your sexual partner for sickle cell trait or disease before you get pregnant. Then you will know if you might have a child with sickle cell disease. Your doctor might want you to get genetic testing. If you are already pregnant, you might get testing for your fetus.

Most states test newborn babies for sickle cell disease. If your state does not test for it, your doctor can order a special blood test for your baby. This test will show if your baby has sickle cell disease.

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Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 01/11
Created: 09/90

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