Red cell morphology
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Artifacts
Changes in RBC appearance caused by improper conditions of specimen handling and/or preparation.
Normal RBC
Appearance of normal erythrocytes in several of the commonly encountered animal species.
Reticulocytes
Origin, identification and significance of reticulocytes and polychromasia, macrocytes and nRBC.
Poikilocytes
Variations in red cell shape often can provide insights relative to anemia and other disease processes.
Inclusions
Viral, metabolic, and developmental factors produce light microscopic changes of significance.
Parasites
Pathogenic and non-pathogenic protozoal and rickettsial agents with special affinity for erthrocytes.
Cornell University
College of Veterinary Medicine
back prepared by TW French,
JT Blue and T Stokol

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