Sickle Cell Disease Home Blood Spot Sampling Kit

£49.00

Just one blood spot needed
Simple to use kit
Comfort & privacy of your own home
Results analysed using the latest laser technology
Complete confidentiality of results
Quick turnaround of results for your complete peace of mind

 

About

Sickle cell disease or sickle cell trait is the name given to a group of related conditions that affect the quality of haemoglobin and the capacity of red blood cells to carry oxygen around the body. Sickle cell disease can cause problems such as:

  • Sickle cell anaemia
  • Splenic sequestration
  • Aplastic crisis

It is possible for a person to be a carrier of the benign form of the disease, and not exhibit any symptoms or otherwise suffer from this condition. If there is a chance that you may be affected by sickle cell disease yourself, or you think you may be a carrier of the disease that could affect any children you may have, it is vital to know your sickle cell status. Sickle cell disease can affect anyone, but the disease mainly affects people of African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Eastern Mediterranean or Asian origin.

Problems caused by
Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell anaemia – This is the most dangerous type of sickle cell disease and can occur at any age, although symptoms can be different depending on the age of the person affected. Common symptoms are excessive tiredness and anaemia, swelling of hands, feet and sometimes joints, episodes of severe pain, vulnerability to serious infections and progressive damage to the eyes, liver, heart and lungs.

Splenic sequestration – This means that there is a sudden pooling of sickle cells in the spleen, normally during or after an infection and can cause sudden and life-threatening anaemia.

Aplastic crisis – This can occur after viral infections and means that the bone marrow stops producing red blood cells. This condition can also cause sudden and severe anaemia.

Sickle cell trait, sickle cell carrier or Haemoglobin AS.

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Why Test?

Once you know your sickle cell status from doing the Blood Spot Screening Test for Sickle cell disease, your healthcare professional can refer you to a specialist haemoglobinopathy counsellor to further explain the significance of your condition.  This test also informs you of your status for Haemoglobin SC disease and S beta thalassemia, two related conditions that also require medical treatment.

– This is a screening test for research purposes only –

£49

Human Red

Blood Cells

Normally, the mature human red blood cell is small, round, and biconcave. It is flexible so that it can pass easily through capillary. However, in a disease state, they are curved, in other words ‘sickle’ shaped. As red cells move around the body, they can cluster together and cause blockages in capillaries, veins and arteries. As a result, oxygen cannot be transported around the body properly and in turn, this can lead to damage to the body’s organs, muscles and bones, sometimes leading to life-threatening conditions.