Scholarly Sickle Cell Trait

Chapter One

Background

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Sickle cell disease (SCD) is the most commonly inherited disease worldwide. ¬†Creary et al (2017) reportedly estimate that over 250,000 infants are born yearly with SCD globally. These children inherit the disorder from their parents who are carriers but otherwise healthy. Sickle cell trait (SCT) is a genetic blood disorder that impacts millions of individuals globally. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 70,000 to 100,000 people have SCD and approximately 2 million people have a SCT in the United States (CDC, 2016; SCDAA, 2012). This disorder is more prevalent in certain ethnic communities than others. SCT is ……………

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