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Blood disorders

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Blood is made up of liquids (called plasma) and solids consisting of red and white blood cells and platelets.

Disruption of the plasma, cells or platelets affects blood function. Blood disorders can be inherited, or caused by other problems like lack of nutrients in the diet (anaemia) and cancers (leukaemia). Follow the links below to find trusted information about blood disorders.

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Last reviewed: February 2014

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