Abnormal Flow of Sickled Cells Damages Blood Vessel Walls

Abnormal Flow of Sickled Cells Damages Blood Vessel Walls

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Abnormal Flow of Sickled Cells Damages Blood Vessel Walls

Red blood cells in people with sickle cell disease (SCD) flow through blood vessels in a manner that damages the walls, which may explain blood vessel problems and increased inflammation in SCD, new research indicates. The study, “Flow-induced segregation and dynamics of red blood cells in sickle cell disease,” was published in Physical Review Fluids. SCD is caused by an abnormal version of hemoglobin, a molecule used by red blood cells to ferry oxygen through the bloodstream.…

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