The arrows point to schistocytes which are fragmented red blood cells. Also called schizocytes, these cells result from shearing,

tearing, or fragmenting. Schistocytes are one of the abnormal shapes of red cells which fall under the category of poikilocytes,

a more generic term. Poikilocytosis refers to increased variation of shape. Elsewhere, in this section, other examples of

poikilocytes are shown under more specific designations. In the right photo above polychromasia is also present.




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