LEUKOCYTES

Uses of the Stained Blood Smear

  • Estimation of leukocyte and platelet numbers
  • Differential leukocyte count and assessment of leukocyte morphology
  • Assessment of erythrocyte morphology
Major Identification Problems

Recognize individual granulocytes: Neutrophils | Eosinophils | Basophils

Distinguish between band and segmented neutrophils
Recognize toxic change in neutrophils
Distinguish between monocytes and neutrophils
Distinguish between normal lymphocytes, immunocytes, and immature lymphocytes
 
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