Sickle cell trait linked to increased risk of CKD in African Americans

November 14, 2014 8:09 AM

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Sickle cell trait linked to increased risk of CKD in African Americans

Sickle cell trait (SCT), or sicklemia, affects around 1-3 million people in the US and 8-10% of African Americans. It is an inherited condition in which an individual carries a single copy of the gene that causes sickle cell disease - a group of inherited red blood cell disorders - but people with SCT never develop the disease.

In very rare cases, a person with SCT may have blood in their urine. Severe dehydration or high-intensity activity may also cause people with the condition to develop deformed red blood cells, but this is also extremely rare.

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