Blood Disorders “Blood is the red fluid that circulates in our blood vessels, i.e. veins and arteries. The main function of blood is to act as the body’s transport system, but it also it has a major role in the body’s defense against infection.” (americasblood.org). A person’s health can be affected when there is something wrong with their blood. As with any disease, it is very important to about common blood disorders that could have an effect on the body, how to prevent them or what treatment if any is needed.
Components of Blood The three components of blood; plasma, red blood cells, and platelets each have their own function in
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This child has a history of poor eating habits by eating foods that are not allowing her bod to absorb enough iron. The body needs iron to produce hemoglobin which carries oxygen to the tissues and lungs in our bodies. The cause for this disease is this child’s poor nutrition and can be recognized through the following symptoms: fatigue and weakness, pale skin, deceased appetite, dizziness or rapid heartbeats. Eating well balanced meals that include iron rich foods can help to lower the risk of contracting this disease. In the second situation there is an African American boy that is five years old named Davon. His mother has the sickle trait and wants her son to be tested to see if he has it since there is a 50% chance of him having it because one of his parents has the trait and they are African American. The sickle cell trait is a genetic disorder that is an abnormality in the gene of the hemoglobin that damages and changes the shape of the red blood cells. It blocks the blood flow in the blood vessels which can cause pain and organ damage. This is not a contagious disease, a child is born with it and some of it symptoms are; pain, infections, chest pain and difficult breathing, and blockage of blood flow to the spleen or liver. Lastly there is Spencer whose age and nationality is unknown, has thrombocytopenia. Thrombocytopenia is a condition where a person’s has a lower than normal number of platelets. He has some symptoms that are closely related