The cell in this slide is similar to the seg, except it has a band-shaped nucleus. It is called a band but is sometimes referred to as a stab. Bands are one stage younger than segs. Their sides are parallel and their thickness is one half or less than half the radius if the nucleus were round. At times it is difficult to differentiate between segs and bands. Sometimes one lobe is superimposed over another in such a way that the usual strand connecting the lobes is obscured. If in doubt, be conservative and call it the older cell. Bands are increased in many disorders and are especially notable in infections.
Course Section: 03. Blood Smears Stained with Wright's Stain
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