fragmented RBCs (schistocytes)

There are numerous fragmented RBC’s seen here. Some of the irregular shapes appear as “helmet” cells. Such fragmented RBC’s are known as “schistocytes” and they are indicative of a microangiopathic hemolytic anemia (MAHA) or other cause for intravascular hemolysis. This finding is typical for disseminated intravascular coagulopathy (DIC)

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