How can my doctor tell if I have sickle cell disease?
Sickle cell disease is diagnosed with a simple blood test. It is usually diagnosed at birth with routine newborn screening tests. When asked about screening your newborn, say yes.
If you or your partner or spouse have sickle cell disease or it runs in your family, you should ask about genetic counseling even before you become pregnant. Women with sickle cell disease who are pregnant should receive extra care during pregnancy to find and treat problems early. Your baby can be tested for sickle cell disease even before it is born.
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