Sickle cell disease is now understood as a disease of inflammation in addition to abnormal red blood cells. It is likely persons with sickle cell trait are also negatively affected by the damage caused by inflammation. There is a significant racial disparity in hypertension, stroke, and chronic kidney disease. It remains unclear the degree to which sickle cell trait contributes to this disparity. It also remains unclear... more »
What are the healthcare implications of sickle cell trait?
What are the factors leading to severe health consequences in the sickle cell trait population?
• There is a need to develop and support formal programs to provide follow-up care for newborns who test positive for the sickle cell trait or sickle cell disease upon screening. While newborn screening programs exist nationwide, healthcare providers report that often, screening is conducted only upon request (likely related to cost) and there is usually no follow-up afterwards. Interventions are also needed further... more »