If They Were Humans They’d be Cousins

So I do not think doctors actually say that Fibrinogen Defiency and Glanzmann Thrombasthenia are medically or scientifically cousins, but when I was reading about them I realized that they are very similar. If someone were to personify them as cartoon characters they’d be so similar that they could be cousins.

Both disorders cause blood to not clot causing very similar symptoms such as easy bruising and bleeding. People with Fibrinogen Deficiency are missing fibrinogen (AKA Factor I) a protein in the blood plasma that is needed in the body’s process of forming blood clots. In people with Glanzmann Thrombasthenia, they are missing the the proteins that make up receptors on blood platelets that are necessary in the process for making blood clots or it is not working properly.

Below are some links to learn more!

Fibrinogen Deficiency:

Glanzmann Thrombasthenia:
U.S. National Library of Medicine

Kristen Lord

Kristen Lord

Kristen is a junior and soon to be senior at Christopher Newport University. She has an Associate’s Degree in graphic design, and is working toward her Bachelors in Fine Arts focusing in graphic design. Kristen has a passion for animals and art, and in her spare time likes to paint, or design on the computer as well as playing with her dog Mr. Pickles. Kristen is happy to be moving on to a new chapter of her life soon, getting married at the end of May 2016 and graduating in April 2017.

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