Abnormal Red Blood Cell Morphology in an Elderly Male

Naveen Kakkar, MD; Guranjan Deep Singh, MD; Dhanoa, MD

Disclosures

Lab Med. 2004;35(9) 

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Introduction

70-year-old Indian male.

Drowsiness after ingestion of a pesticide during a suicide attempt 1 hour prior to presentation.

Chronic bronchitis.

Unremarkable.

Unremarkable.

The patient was drowsy, had an average build, was responsive to painful stimuli, and had no organomegaly.

Table 1 , Figure 1.

Patient's Leishman's stained peripheral blood smear at 400x (A) and 1,000x (B) magnification showing that ~90% of the red blood cells have oval/elliptical- or rod-shaped morphology.

Patient's Leishman's stained peripheral blood smear at 400x (A) and 1,000x (B) magnification showing that ~90% of the red blood cells have oval/elliptical- or rod-shaped morphology.

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