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

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

Usually Harmless: Ovalocytes by themselves are harmless. In a hereditary condition ovalocytes may constitue about 25% of red blood cells. Lesser numbers of circulating ovalocytes may be present in various anemias including megaloblastic, sideroblastic, iron deficiency, and in thalassemias. ...Read more

Blood Smear (Definition)

A drop of blood is place on a microscope slide and smeared across the slide and reviewed under a microscope. Sometimes the slide will be stained to further reveal special features of ...Read more


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What does it mean to have ovalocytes in a blood smear?

What does it mean to have ovalocytes in a blood smear?

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, such as hereditary elliptocytosis, or in acquired disorders, such as iron deficiency anemia, thalassemia and in newborn babies. ...Read more

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What is "Fibrin Strands Present" in manual blood smear path report? & Neutropenia & Ovalocytes. Ideas of what could cause that? Is a specialist needed

What is "Fibrin Strands Present" in manual blood smear path report? & Neutropenia & Ovalocytes. Ideas of what could cause that? Is a specialist needed

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 your doctor of a repeat test is warranted. ...Read more

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What does an abnormal blood smear showing tear drop cells, ovolacyes, and anisocitosis mean?

What does an abnormal blood smear showing tear drop cells, ovolacyes, and anisocitosis mean?

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 the formation of the cells and may be related to a number of conditions. You need to see a Physician to sort it out ...Read more

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What is no blast seen means in peripheral blood smear?

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 perform their function. So, not seeing them in the blood film is a good sign we look for when evaluating someone with a blood disorder. ...Read more

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My peripheral blood smear stated "no abnormal blasts seen." Does that mean there were no blasts seen or only normal blasts were seen?

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 blood. ...Read more

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What does it mean for a blood smear to show moderate polychromasia and moderate Schistocytes? Google doesn't give a good picture. :) Thanks

What does it mean for a blood smear to show moderate polychromasia and moderate Schistocytes?  Google doesn't give a good picture.   :)  Thanks

Worrisome: Look for something fragmenting the red blood cells. If the person isn't obviously sick with disseminated intravascular coagulation or thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, perhaps they have an old-fashioned mechanical heart valve. Polychromasia should prompt a search for causes of hemolysis. The pathologist may want to review this slide. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What does it mean when the result of your peripheral blood smear says that you have mild leukocytosis with absolute neutrophilia?

What does it mean when the result of your peripheral blood smear says that you have mild leukocytosis with absolute neutrophilia?

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. This is slightly suggestive of a bacterial infection, but it is far from diagnostic; this is only useful in the setting of signs/symptoms that also suggest infection. It could be primary issues with the blood cells, or even just normal variation. ...Read more

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What does Platelet anisocytosis mean on blood smear? Platelet count is 454K. (10 days ago it was 482K)

What does Platelet anisocytosis mean on blood smear? Platelet count is 454K. (10 days ago it was 482K)

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 to change in size---not all the same size platelets. Large platelets can be associated with many things, including bone marrow replacement with younger platelets. Smaller platelets can be associated with different genetic conditions or may be normal. ...Read more

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I have muscle pain and fatigue imade CBC befor 2 month and blood smear both are normal but now my wbc=15.9 what this mean and can be dangerous thing?

I have muscle pain and fatigue imade CBC befor 2 month and blood smear both are normal but now my wbc=15.9 what this mean and can be dangerous thing?

May be: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your white cell count is elevated. It is usually due to some infection. It would be prudent to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I want to know would they do a blood smear for leukemia?

I want to know would they do a blood smear for leukemia?

Maybe: A bone marrow aspirate and biopsy is required to make the diagnosis of leukemia, but often one will look at a periferal smear too, as this can be done quickly, and the marrow pathology will take several days. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a blood smear ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a blood smear ordered?

No: Your doctor can order this test and specify what he/she is looking for or suspicious of certain illness. The pathologist is usually the one who reviews the test and provide answers to your doc! ...Read more

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What does yeast in a blood smear looks like?

What does yeast in a blood smear looks like?

Depends on the yeast: Yeast are smaller than the normal cells found in a blood sample (like white or red blood cells). They can either be rounded in shape, look like long interconnected rods. To help visualize them on a blood smear under the microscope, sometimes special stains are used to help them become more visible. ...Read more