Sickle Cell Anemia

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Her main complaints were cough, vague pains in legs (joints), night sweats, abdominal pain, less hunger, and increasing weakness. In a series of knowing experiments that involved taking venous blood from the arm under different conditions, the doctor showed a connection between oxygen tension and sickling of the red blood cells in vivo. When the oxygen pressure fell below 40-45mm Hg, the sickling was marked increased. Sickle cell anemia
Anemia is a disorder of blood that causes a decrease in red blood cells. Sickle Cell anemia is a type of Anemia. The abnormal gene that is passed down from each parent makes a condition in which, there aren’t sufficient healthy RBC to carry passable oxygen throughout your body. Sickle cells are hemispherical shaped that chunks the blood flow in vessels that can cause severe pain. In addition to red blood cells being sickled shaped, WebMD explains that the red blood cells of individuals with Sickle Cell anemia only last about twenty days in comparison to the one hundred twenty days that a normal red blood cell lasts. This contributes to the tired and weak feeling related with the anemia characteristic of Sickle Cell Anemia, thus creating the person look weak and washed out according to WebMD. Mostly this disease is seen in people of African American and Mediterranean countries (such…

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