How did I get Sickle Cell?

You inherited Sickle Cell because both your parents carry the abnormal genes.

You therefore inherited one abnormal gene from your dad and one abnormal gene from your mother to have the full blown sickle Cell disorder.

 

What is a sickle Cell Trait or Sickle Cell carrier?

The normal Sickle Cell Genes are AA which is adult Haemoglobin.   To be  a carrier this means you have one A and one abnormal gene. For examples AS, AC, AD and more.

 

Can Sickle Cell be cured?

No, it cannot be cured but it can be managed. Learning to look after yourself or your child. By knowing which things to avoid which will bring on crisis, also keeping up with your hospital appointments.

  • (i.e.) Avoid Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Infection
  • Cold
  • Overheating

 

Can I get married and have children?

Yes you can. First of all discuss it with your Consultant. If possible choose a partner whose sickle cell Status is Normal (AA). In this case the most the children can inherit is a Trait or be a carrier.

 

Ho would I know if I am a carrier?

By simple Blood test called Electrophoresis.

 

Is it Infectious?

No it is not. It is a Genetic blood Disorder passed on from parents to children.