WHAT IS SICKLE CELL?

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Sickle cell disorder is a disorder of the BLOOD- red blood cells.Blood is made up of light yellow liquid called plasma and three types of “cells” that float round in the plasma, red cells, white cells and platelets. Sickle cell disorder is a disorder of red blood cells.

 

Red blood cells are full of haemoglobin, which is red, and this is what makes your blood look red. Haemoglobin picks up oxygen from the air in your lungs, and carries it round to your tissues, where it lets it go. To live, your tissues need to breathe, so they need oxygen.

 

If you have too few red blood cells, or there is too little haemoglobin in them, you have “anaemia”- which simple means a shortage of blood. If the anaemia is mild, it does no harm and you may not even notice it: but if it is severe, you are ill, because your tissues do not have enough oxygen.

 


WHAT IS SICKLE CELL?

 

Sickle cell disorder is a disorder of the BLOOD- red blood cells.Blood is made up of light yellow liquid called plasma and three types of “cells” that float round in the plasma, red cells, white cells and platelets. Sickle cell disorder is a disorder of red blood cells.