How is sickle-hemoglobin C (Hb S-C) disease diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

In order to diagnose your sickle-hemoglobin C (Hb S-C) disease, the doctor will first talk to you about your symptoms. Symptoms similar to sickle cell anemia can suggest you have the disorder. In order to complete the diagnosis, the doctor may also use hemoglobin electrophoresis, a test in which blood is drawn and analyzed for hemoglobin levels. They will also examine the shape of your red blood cells and the frequency with which the sickled cells appear.

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