Sickle Cell 101
Sickled red blood cells are stiff and vary from the pliable round donut shaped discs that are normally seen in a healthy red blood cell.
It is difficult for sickled cells to pass through blood vessels without causing blockage.
Normal red blood cells make up about half of your body and live in the body for about 120 days . Sickled red blood cells have a shorter span of about 10 to 20 days, causing the body to constantly be in a place of replenishing old cells.
The Process of red blood cells breaking down is called Hemolysis.
Due to lower hemoglobin protein often found in sickle cell patients this makes it difficult to effectively replenish red blood cells, sometimes leading to anemia.
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