Sickle cell_disease

What are the symptons to know if you are suffering from sickle cell disease?What tests can be performed to check for the same? Is this disease hereditary?My sister suffers from this disease.Does this mean the chances of me having is highly possible?
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Venkat Raghav Bangalore | General Physician
Hello... Sickel cell disease is autosomal recessive disease.. Its hereditary... Some will have sickle cell trait (milder form) .. Some will have sickle cell disease. Most of times females act as carrier,high reticulocute count and sickel cells in peripheral smear confirms sickle cell disease .... Consult general physician..
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