Blood Disorders

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Shonelle Best

HCA 240


Blood Disorders

Within the human body there are two very important types of blood cells, the red blood cells and the white blood cells. The red blood cells operate in effort of carrying oxygen to the lungs. The white blood cells typically serve to defend tissues in the body that have the capability of setting up infections within the body. . There are different blood disorders that people of all ages and ethnicities are conflicted with. In some instances blood disorders may be the cause of serious illnesses and some deaths. Disorders may begin to affect an individual as early as in their childhood. There are various blood disorders, but, Anemia, Sickle cell, and Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia are the disorders that will be explained and discussed in the scenarios that were assigned. The cause of blood disorders, how they become diagnosed, treatment for the specific blood disorders, and preventive methods for blood disorders are essential in regards to understanding certain diagnosis. There are three scenarios that will be discussed throughout this paper.

Jamie Lynn, a 10-year-old African American female, has been complaining of being tired all the time. She is pale and a picky eater. Her mother is a single mom with a small budget to feed a large family. Amy only eats pasta, breads, and hot dogs, and drinks only artificial fruit punch.

Jamie Lynn is suffering from the Iron Deficiency Anemia blood disorder. This disorder is one of the most common causes of anemia. Anemia is a condition that develops when the blood lacks the proper amount of healthy red blood cells. The red blood cells are the main transporters of oxygen to organs. Symptoms of anemia such as fatigue occur because organs are not getting enough oxygen to function correctly and it causes the individual to grow tired easily and very often. Certain forms of anemia are hereditary and infants may be affected from time of birth. Adolescent girls who do...