Summary of Abnormal Red Blood Cell Morphologies and Disease States

Before we start with the abnormal morphologies, let’s talk about normal morphology of Red Blood Cells. Normal mature RBC are biconcave, round discs that are about 6 – 8 in ...
schistocytes

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” ...
Schistocyte in a case of β- thalassemia intermedia

Schistocyte in a case of β- thalassemia intermedia

This smear from a β- thalassemia intermedia patient, the arrow point to a Schistocyte The Findings: – Anisocytosis – Poikilocytosis – Hypochromia – Target ...
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