A description of red blood cells includes: anisocytosis (variation in size), poikilocytosis (variation in shape), hyprochromia, deficiency of hemoglobin, the average cell diameter (macrocytic, normocytic, or microcytic), and inclusion bodies, if they are present. It is extremely important to find a good area on the slide before grading the morphology of red blood cells. The cells should not be too close together nor too far apart. They should be touching but not overlapping. There should be central pallor in many of the cells.
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Course Section: 01. Description of Red Blood Cells
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