Essay on Blood Disorders
August 9, 2015
Dr. Monica Chase
Blood is one of the most essential elements within the body. Blood is made up of plasma, red blood cells, and platelets. Blood is vital to the body functioning correctly, and it is important to understand that there are many types of blood disorders that can cause people to get sick. While there are many different types of blood disorders out there, this paper is going to cover three which are, anemia, sickle cell, and thrombocytopenia. Also, a review of plasma, red blood cells, and platelets to give a better understand of blood disorders.
Plasma is the liquid portion of blood. Plasma is made up mostly of water and contains dissolved proteins, carbon …show more content…
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