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Sickle cell anaemia – This is the most dangerous type of sickle cell disease and can occur at any age, although symptoms can be different depending on the age of the person affected. Common symptoms are excessive tiredness and anaemia, swelling of hands, feet and sometimes joints, episodes of severe pain, vulnerability to serious infections and progressive damage to the eyes, liver, heart and lungs.
Splenic sequestration – This means that there is a sudden pooling of sickle cells in the spleen, normally during or after an infection and can cause sudden and life-threatening anaemia.
Aplastic crisis – This can occur after viral infections and means that the bone marrow stops producing red blood cells. This condition can also cause sudden and severe anaemia.
Sickle cell trait, sickle cell carrier or Haemoglobin AS.
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Once you know your sickle cell status from doing the Blood Spot Screening Test for Sickle cell disease, your healthcare professional can refer you to a specialist haemoglobinopathy counsellor to further explain the significance of your condition. This test also informs you of your status for Haemoglobin SC disease and S beta thalassemia, two related conditions that also require medical treatment.
– This is a screening test for research purposes only –