Sickle Cell Anemia Profile (MHD1301)
This blood test will show if you have sickle cell trait or sickle cell disease.
Anyone who has a parent or sibling with sickle cell trait or sickle cell disease. This inherited form of anemia is a lifelong condition that requires careful management. People with the disease are born with two sickle cell genes, one from each parent. If you only have one sickle cell gene, it is called sickle cell trait. A blood test can show if you have sickle cell trait or sickle cell disease.
About 1 in 12 African Americans has sickle cell trait. Symptoms can include:
- Body pain
- Shortness of breath
- Coldness in the hands and feet
If this test shows you have sickle cell trait or sickle cell disease, you should follow up with a health care provider.
Sickle Cell screen
There is no preparation needed for this test.
For more information on this test, go to labtestsonline.org.