The erythrocytes seen in this picture are oval in shape. They are called ovalocytes or elliptocytes. The slide was prepared from the blood of a patient with hereditary elliptocytosis, usually a benign disease but sometimes associated with a mild hemolytic anemia. Ovalocytes are seen in lesser numbers in many anemias and leukemias.
Course Section: 01. Description of Red Blood Cells
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