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What is a blast?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
Internal Medicine - Oncology
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In brief: Young blood cell

Blood cells that are found in the blood stream are fairly mature.
They originate in the bone marrow where they grow from very early cells called stem cells. It is very hard to identify these stem cells but after they divide for awhile, they make young cells that can be identified under a microscope and with special dyes. These cells are called blasts. In acute leukemia there are too many blasts.

In brief: Young blood cell

Blood cells that are found in the blood stream are fairly mature.
They originate in the bone marrow where they grow from very early cells called stem cells. It is very hard to identify these stem cells but after they divide for awhile, they make young cells that can be identified under a microscope and with special dyes. These cells are called blasts. In acute leukemia there are too many blasts.
Dr. Stephen Noga
Dr. Stephen Noga
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Precursor cell

A blast is a precursor cell in the bone marrow that can differentiate into cells such as red blood cells (rbcs), white blood cells (wbcs -- multiple types), and platelets.

In brief: Precursor cell

A blast is a precursor cell in the bone marrow that can differentiate into cells such as red blood cells (rbcs), white blood cells (wbcs -- multiple types), and platelets.
Dr. Michael Thompson
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