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Can sickle-cell anemia be detected from a test that determines blood type?
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Default Can sickle-cell anemia be detected from a test that determines blood type? - 01-02-2009, 03:25 PM

I know that the typical test for sickle-cell anemia is a hemoglobin electrophoresis, but I am wondering if the prescence of hemoglobin can be detected during a test that identifies a person's blood type? I'm not sure what the test for blood type actually consists of. Do you just examine the blood sample under a microscope? If so, wouldn't you be able to see the sickle shape of the blood cells?
   
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Default 01-08-2009, 02:09 PM

No. Blood typing is based upon an antibody-antigen reaction that is not examined under a microscope (except in certain rare conditions). Some times on the stained slide portion of a CBC, fragmented and sickle cells are seen which would then trigger the electrophoresis test for Hgb S.
   
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