Red Blood Cells

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Red blood cell interpretation is invaluable because it can tell veterinary technicians and veterinarians a lot about what is going on inside of the pet. Here are some of the red blood cells you are likely to encounter. +1 Tweet Share Share PinShares 0

Torocyte

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Torocoyte is also known as the punched out cell. Artifacts This red blood cell is almost always seen as an artifact in blood smear preparation. It is a result of an abnormal spreading of cells. You can differentiate the Torocyte from hypochromasia by seeing a punched out central pallor

Stomatocytes

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The stomatocyte is best described as red blood cell with a central pallor similar to a mouth or slit. It is often referred to as a folded over red blood cell. Mechanism The inner leaflet of the red blood cell membrane expands. This red blood cell may be seen

Spherocytes

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Spherocytes are nice and round shaped cells. They are not normal in dogs and could raise concern if they are seen. Mechanism Removal of the membrane by macrophages. Artifacts May be seen as an artifact in the case of stored red blood cell transfusions. They would be noticed in

Schistocyes

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Schistocytes are described as red blood cell fragments. Mechanism Shearing or tearing of the red blood cells in circulation due to abnormalities like fibrin strands, blood flow, mechanical rbc fragility, endothelial cells. Disorders May see this red blood cell with portosystemic shunts or altered blood flow. Can be due
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