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Sickle Cell Screening Test

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About Our Sickle Cell Screening Test

Our Sickle Cell Screening Test can be done to determine if someone has sickle cell disease (SCD) or sickle cell trait (SCT). Here are reasons why one might consider getting this sickle cell screening:

  1. Early Diagnosis: Early detection of sickle cell disease, especially in newborns, can be life-saving. Newborns with SCD can be started on prophylactic treatments, like penicillin, to prevent potentially fatal infections.
  2. Symptomatic Individuals: If someone is showing symptoms suggestive of SCD (such as unexplained pain episodes, jaundice, or anemia), a screening can confirm the diagnosis.
  3. Family History: If there's a known family history of sickle cell disease or trait, screening can help determine if you or your children are carriers or have the disease.
  4. Reproductive Planning: Couples who are planning to have children may want to know their sickle cell status. If both partners have the sickle cell trait, there's a 1 in 4 chance with each pregnancy that their child could have sickle cell disease.
  5. African, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Indian, and South American Descent: Sickle cell trait and disease are more prevalent in people of these descents. Screening can help in early detection.
  6. Pre-surgical or Pre-procedure Screening: Some medical procedures carry risks for people with SCD or SCT. Knowing your status can inform healthcare providers to take necessary precautions.
  7. Athletic Participation: There have been instances of athletes with sickle cell trait experiencing complications during intense physical exertion. Screening can help in risk assessment.
  8. Travel or Occupation: If you're traveling to or residing at high altitudes or considering occupations that involve extreme conditions, knowing your sickle cell status is important. People with SCD or SCT may be at risk of complications in low-oxygen environments.
  9. Informed Decision Making: Knowing your sickle cell status can help in making informed decisions related to health, lifestyle, and family planning.
  10. General Awareness: Some individuals and communities may choose to get screened as part of awareness campaigns, school requirements, or community health initiatives.

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