A microscopic examination of a stained, peripheral blood smear may be useful in evaluating blood disorders :
- These are abnormal in size
- Usually seen in reticulocytes, an immature form of RBC, released in response to strong stimulus, and seen in:
- Is nearly universally seen in cases of clinically significant lead poisoning.
- The normally pale center of the RBC is even more pale, suggesting reduced concentrations of hemoglobin within the cell.
- Very fine granular appearance to the RBCs, representing malarial parasites.
- Also known as:
- Schueffner's dots
- Parasitized RBCs
- Normal amounts of staining for hemoglobin, suggesting normal concentrations of hemoglobin within the cell.
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