1 Lipidomics and Nutrition Research Centre, School of Human Sciences, London Metropolitan University, UK.
2 Department of Haematology, College of Medicine & Health Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman.
3 Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum, Sudan.
4 Shikan College, El Obeid Sudan.
5 Sudan Sickle Cell Anaemia Centre, El Obeid - SUDAN.
6 Faculty of Education, Al Azhri University, Sudan.
7 Directorate of Planning, Ministry of Health Oman, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.
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Sickle cell trait (SCT) is a congenital condition caused by the
inheritance of a single allele of the abnormal haemoglobin beta gene,
HbS. Carriers of SCT are generally asymptomatic, and they do not
manifest the clinical and haematological abnormalities of sickle cell
anaemia (SCA). However, there is evidence that they display some
symptoms in stressful situations. Pregnancy is a stressful
physiological event, and it is not clear if SCT adversely affects
pregnancy outcomes, particularly in those from developing countries
where people regularly suffer from nutritional insufficiency.
Subjects and methods
|Table 3. Mean (± sd) haematological parameters of the women with (HbAS) and without (HbAA) SCT at baseline (first trimester).|
|Table 4. Mean (± sd) haematological parameters of the women with (HbAS) and without (HbAA) SCT at delivery.
|Table 5. Mean (± sd) haematological parameters of the babies of women with (HbAS) and without (HbAA) SCT at delivery.