How is sickle cell disease diagnosed?

Sickle cell disease is diagnosed by examining a sample of blood. The test used is hemoglobin electrophoresis, which determines the type of hemoglobin one has, and if he or she is a carrier or has the disease. When the abnormal sickle-shaped cells in the blood are identified, a diagnosis is made.

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