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Blood Disorders (Hemophilia, Sickle Cell Disease, Endometriosis)

Blood disorders are conditions involving the various components and function of blood in the body: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, bone marrow, lymph nodes, spleen, or blood clotting. Hemophilia, anemia, sickle-cell disease, and blood clots are a few well-known blood disorders.
Blood disorders and their characteristics vary widely and some blood disorders are genetically inherited (e.g. hemophilia) while others can be due to environment or conditional factors (e.g. anemia, blood clots). Depending on the disorder, a student may be frequently absent, appear tired, gaunt or pale. Blood disorders may not impact a student's cognitive abilities themselves but treatment, exhaustion, or side effects of medication may impact the ability to effectively or efficiently demonstrate their knowledge or understanding of concepts in class or in testing situations.

Observing Blood Disorders (Hemophilia, Sickle Cell Disease, Endometriosis) in the Classroom

Faculty may observe the following in students with blood disorders:

  • Physical weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Periodic absences

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Related Functional Characteristics

Fatigue (Physical) : Students with a blood disorder may experience physical fatigue due to anemia, medication side effects, or flare-ups.

Risk for Injury : Students with blood disorders may be at increased risk for injury due to tendency to bleed profusely.

Susceptibility to Infection : Students with disorders of the blood are likely to experience infections more frequently than others.

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