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If I have sickle cell trait, do I also have sickle cell disease?

People with sickle cell trait don't have sickle cell disease and don't usually show any signs of the disease. However—in rare cases—people with sickle cell trait might experience complications and, in extreme circumstances, sudden death. More research is needed to find out why some people with sickle cell trait have complications and others do not.

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