blood

Red blood cells (RBCs)

What are red blood cells? Red blood cells (RBCs) are a specialized type of blood cell. RBCs are responsible for carrying oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body and carrying carbon dioxide back to the lungs. They hold on to oxygen and carbon dioxide using a specialized protein called hemoglobin. RBCs are …
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Anemia of chronic disease

What is anemia of chronic disease? Anemia of chronic disease is a type of anemia that develops as a result of another long-standing medical condition that prevents the body from producing a normal amount of red blood cells (RBCs). Conditions that commonly result in anemia of chronic disease include chronic inflammatory diseases, prolonged infections (such …
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Anemia

What is anemia? Anemia is a decreased amount of hemoglobin in the blood. This can be due to a decrease in the number of red blood cells (RBCs) in your blood or a decrease in the amount of hemoglobin in each RBC. Because the body uses oxygen to make energy, a person with anemia has …
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