Coloured SEM of blood in sickle cell anaemia

Coloured SEM of blood in sickle cell anaemia

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Caption: Sickle cell anaemia. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of red blood cells in sickle cell anaemia (drepanocytosis). Here, normally rounded red blood cells have become curved, elongated sickle-shaped cells. Sickle cell anaemia is an inherited blood disease largely affecting black people, in which the red blood cells contain abnormal haemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying pigment. In areas of deoxygenated blood the haemoglobin distorts the red blood cells into a sickle shape, causing bone ache and organ damage. The fragile sickle cells are easily destroyed in the bloodstream. No cure is yet known for this disease. Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: anaemia, anemia, blood, blood cell, condition, disease, disorder, drepanocytosis, erythrocyte, healthcare, medical, medicine, red blood cell, sickle anaemia, sickle cell, sickle cell anaemia

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