A Beginner's Guide to Blood Cells by Barbara J. Bain

By Barbara J. Bain

This well known notebook has been updated and expanded all through, offering a concise view of diagnostic haematology, in a handy and sensible format.

A Beginner's advisor to Blood Cells is a perfect for;

  • Trainee laboratory technicians and scientists
  • Students learning the body structure or pathology of the blood
  • Those getting ready for haematology examinations

Why purchase This Book?

  • Unique pocket consultant, written by way of Barbara Bain – a world-renowned specialist within the box of blood morphology
  • Outlines the fundamentals of diagnostic haematology
  • Includes a useful self-assessment section
  • NEW EDITION – now contains additional info on scientific elements and additional tests
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Basophilic stippling refers to the presence of small basophilic inclusions distributed throughout the red cell (Fig. 27). They do not contain iron but represent abnormally staining ribosomes. Howell–Jolly bodies (Fig. 28) are larger, round, densely staining inclusions, usually towards one edge of the cell. They represent a nuclear fragment that was not extruded when the red cell left the bone marrow. Usually any Howell– Jolly bodies left in red cells as they leave the bone marrow are removed by the spleen.

48 Chapter 3 Neutrophils may have congenital or acquired abnormalities of nuclear lobulation. An increase in band forms and less lobulated neutrophils in relation to more mature, well-lobulated neutrophils is known as a left shift (Fig. 4). This term is also used when neutrophil precursors are present in the blood. Neutrophils Fig. 4 Toxic granulation, vacuolation and left shift (the two white cells are band forms). Fig. 5 A neutrophil containing a Döhle body, a small blue–grey cytoplasmic inclusion which can be seen just below the nucleus.

23) as a cause of a falsely low count. Assessing neutrophil morphology Neutrophils may show increased (Fig. 4) or decreased (see Fig. 13) granulation. Increased granulation is usually a reaction to infection or inflammation and is therefore referred to as toxic granulation. However, it does also occur as a normal phenomenon, during pregnancy. Cytoplasmic inclusions may be present as an inherited or acquired abnormality. The commonest such abnormality is a small, pale, blue–grey inclusion which occurs both during pregnancy and in infection and inflammation and is known as a Döhle body (Fig.

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