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I Want To Know Would They Do A Blood Smear For Leukemia
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
WBC was 19, 12, 13, 14, now 15.4 all in a month. blood smear showed no signs of leukemia. Doc said my wbc is like that because of smoking? Possible?
Do not think so: But you shoukd post your differential as well ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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