Sickle cell trait tied to kidney disease among blacks

November 13, 2014 9:31 PM

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(Reuters Health) – African Americans with sickle cell trait - generally thought to be benign, unlike sickle cell disease - may still be at increased risk of kidney disease, a new study suggests.

Based on data for more than 2,000 people, researchers found that about 19 percent of those with sickle cell trait had kidney disease, compared to about 14 percent of people without the trait.

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