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

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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