Sickle Cell Disorder

Sickle Cell Disorder (SCD) is an inherited condition affecting one in 2,500 babies born in the UK.  It is a condition that affects the quality of the cells that carry oxygen in the blood. The blood cells change from a round form to a ‘sickle’ shape, and get caught in the small blood vessels. This can cause pain and damage to the baby’s body, serious infection or, in some cases, death.

Blood spot test

SCD is tested through an optional blood spot test. Screening identifies babies who are genetic carriers of SCD or other red blood cell disorders. They are healthy and unaffected by the condition but, as carriers, may pass the gene on to the next generation.

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