Guidance

Sickle cell and thalassaemia screening: inheritance risk table

This document explains the risk to a baby when one or both parents are carriers of a sickle cell or thalassaemia gene.

Detail

This table sets out the risk to a baby with one or both parents who carry a sickle cell or thalassaemia gene.

It splits the possible outcomes for the child into 3 risk levels based on parent carrier status, and explains the recommended actions for health professionals and parents for:

  • serious risk

  • less serious risk

  • minimal risk

The document also includes a chart explaining how inheritance works for recessive disorders such as:

  • sickle cell disease

  • cystic fibrosis

  • beta thalassaemia major