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Does anyone know what it means to have ovalocytes in a blood smear

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Usually Harmless: Ovalocytes by themselves are harmless. In a hereditary condition ovalocytes may constitue about 25% of red blood cells. Lesser numbers of circulating ... Read More

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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Depends: If hemoglobin level is normal, it does not mean anything. Some hemoglobin variants produce oval rather than perfectly round red cells and then it depe ... Read More
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Dr. Menelik Mulu
9 years experience Pediatrics
Nutrient defieciency: may be check for your folate (folic acid) and /or b12 level
Dr. Elena Roukhadze
13 years experience Pathology
Ovalocytes: Red cells varying in shape from elongated to oval, and rich in hemoglobin, are called elliptocytes/ovalocytes. They can be seen in hereditary disordrs ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Repeat test: The presence of fibrin strands in a peripheral smear indicates that the specimen was not collected properly. Before seeking a specialist discuss with ... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arun Patel
44 years experience Family Medicine
See Physician : These are discription of the shape of the red blood cells which are different from the the normal disc shaped cells. This represents a abnormally in t ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
29 years experience Hematology and Oncology
It's a good thing!: Blasts are immature blood cells. They normally grow and mature in the marrow and then the more adult cells are extruded into the blood stream to perf ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anuj Malik
19 years experience Internal Medicine
No blasts.: Blasts in the peripheral blood are not normal by definition. So if no abnormal blasts were seen, that means there were no blasts in the peripheral blo ... Read More
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See your doctor: See your doctor Polychromasia is the heterogeneous staining of RBCs of different ages, with younger cells appearing blue, that occurs after haemorrhag ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
More neutrophils: It means your overall white cell count is a little elevated, and of those white cells, there are more neutrophils than what is in the "normal" range. ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Cooper
47 years experience Pediatrics
Both are normal.: Most labs use as a normal range for platelets to be 150, 000 to 450, 000. The slight increase you wrote of are not concerning. Anisocytosis refers t ... Read More

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