Running head: DISORDERS OF RED BLOOD CELLS
Disorders of Red Blood Cells
DISORDERS OF RED BLOOD CELLS
1. From what you know of Henry’s history, what type of anemia do you suspect he
has? How would Henry’s red blood cells appear on a peripheral blood smear?
There are various types of anemia which affect individuals as a result of the presence of
few healthy red blood cells which can supply adequate oxygen in the body. However, from
Henry's history, the most likely types of anemia that he may be suffering from is sickle-cell
anemia. Renal failure is commonly associated with the failure of enough blood being supplied
into the kidneys which results from sickle cell anemia making the kidneys to fail in filtering
waste from the blood since they are not well supplied with oxygen. Therefore, since Henry is
experiencing renal failure sickle cell anemia is the best explanation for his condition since his
kidneys don’t get enough supply of oxygen due to few healthy red blood cells (Merlin et al.,
2019). Besides this, renal failure leads to fewer production of red blood cells since the blood has
waste and thus inhibits the production of red blood cells.
When a peripheral body smear is conducted Henry's red blood cells appear to be crescentshaped. Normal red blood cells are biconcave in shape with a flattened center. However, when
Henry's red blood cells are observed af...