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Inherited Disorders and Birth Defects

Help - Sickle Cell Anemia Inheritance

12/18/2009

Question:

Who should you see if you are marrying someone with sickle cell anemia and going to have children?

Answer:

It would be best to talk to a genetic counselor or geneticist because this is their area of expertise. Because sickle cell anemia is an inherited disorder, there is a chance that children could be affected with the disease as well. The counselor or geneticist can provide you with information about this risk as well as about carrier testing for sickle cell trait.

You can ask your doctor for a referral or you can find a genetics clinic near you at the National Society of Genetic Counselors’ Resource website below.

Related Resources:

National Society of Genetic Cousnelors Resource Center

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Response by:

Anne   Matthews, RN, PhD Anne Matthews, RN, PhD
Associate Professor of Genetics
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University