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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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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Leukemia (Definition)

Leukemia is a malignant hematologic neoplasm that originates in the bone marrow and represents a clonal proliferation of hematopoietic elements belonging to any of the myeloid, lymphoid, erythroid, and megakaryocytic lineages. Of note, other hematologic neoplasms like lymphoma or myeloma may demonstrate a leukemic phase without actually originating in the bone marrow ...Read more


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If i walk in and ask the hospital to do a blood smear and check for fungal and yeast in my blood will they do it?

If i walk in and ask the hospital to do a blood smear and check for fungal and yeast in my blood will they do it?

Likely not: Although the healthcare system is different in Canada than in the United States, it would be unlikely for a laboratory to perform tests not ordered by a physician. This practice prevents unnecessary or redundant tests and reduces patient anxiety and costs. Besides, who would interpret the results? ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: blood smear?

What is the definition or description of: blood smear?

Microscopic Analysis: 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 the blood. Simple huh? ...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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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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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

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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 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

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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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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