Sickle Cell Anemi Anatomy And Physiology Essay

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Sickle Cell Anemia
Anatomy and Physiology
Victoria Nimtz

Definitions and History:
Sickle Cell Anemia is a genetically passed disease. Instead of having normal disc – like red blood cells, a person would end up producing semicircular (sickle) shaped blood cells. This turns into a huge problem because the semicircular shaped blood cells block the blood flow within the blood vessels, which happen to carry inside them a protein known as hemoglobin, which ends up carrying oxygen from the lungs to the rest of your body. This is able to cause excruciating pain as well as ruining organs, because of this, a person will become more prone to getting infections.

It is said that Sickle Cell Anemia has been present in Africa for at least five thousand years, but it was first discovered in America in 1910 when a man by the name of Walter Clement Noel who sought help due to pain occurrences and symptoms of anemia, was able to cross paths with a man named Dr. Ernest Irons, who discovered the sickle shaped red blood cells within Noels body.
Signs and Symptoms:
There are many signs and symptoms that occur with Sickle Cell Anemia. The most common one happens to be feeling tired and / or weak, which is also known as “fatigued”. As well as experiencing many others such as shortness of breath, dizziness, headaches, coldness in the hands and feet, looking paler than normal, and having a yellow discoloring (also known as jaundice). When someone receives a sudden, out of…

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