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Detecting disease states or syndromes of the white blood cells, red blood cells, or platelet cell lines of a patient's peripheral blood
Under normal conditions, the morphology and proportion of each blood cell type is fairly consistent in corresponding age groups. The morphology and proportion of each blood cell type may change in various hematologic diseases. Differential leukocyte count/special smear evaluation is helpful in revealing the changes in morphology or proportion of each cell type in the peripheral blood.
An interpretive report will be provided.
The laboratory will provide an interpretive report of percentage of white cells and, if appropriate, evaluation of white cells, red cells, and platelets.
A poorly feathered peripheral smear may result in less than optimal interpretation.
Lotspeich-Steininger CA, Steine-Martin EA, Koepke JA: Clinical Hematology: Principles, procedures, correlations. Philadelphia, JB Lippincott Company. 1998, pp 88-106, pp 317-356