What is sickle cell trait?


Sickle cell trait is not a disease, nor can it ever become sickle cell disease. A person with sickle cell trait carries only one copy of the "sickle cell gene". Sickle cell trait is characterized by the genotype 'AS'.









Sickle Cell Trait Inheritance


Sickle cell trait is inherited by only one parent. That parent

may either have sickle cell trait or sickle cell disease. However

those with sickle cell trait are able to pass their one copy of the

"sickle cell gene" to their children. This could result in offspring

with sickle cell disease if the second parent also has sickle cell

trait, or sickle cell disease.














Complications for Sickle Cell Trait


Typically those with sickle cell trait don't experience serious complications. However, in extreme conditions such as drastic change in altitude, overexertion, and dehydration symptoms can present itself. If not treated immediately they can can be life-threatening.



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