2013-03-05

The diagnosis for mystery case #14

Impressing – A lot of good comments and answers on this case! The diagnosis The cells with a flower like pattern are as many of you wrote metastatic breast cancer cells. The patient has a history of breast cancer and unfortunately these metastatic breast cancer cells were now found in her spinal fluid. If you ...

2012-05-22

Resolves skills shortage at small sites

– Why should a patient have to travel to a major healthcare facility when their blood smear can be sent digitally to our main lab? This conclusion was made by Tom Clancy at University Health Networks in Toronto, Canada, after testing our new cell morphology system for networked hospitals and associated laboratories this past winter ...

2011-11-30

Challenging the high volume of smears

Introduction The advances in automated blood cell counter successfully provide the precise data of WBC, RBC, and platelet counts with leukocyte differentials. However, the differential information by blood cell counters is limited for cell morphologic features especially for abnormal and immature cells, and the morphological smear reviews triggered by specific flagging of automated analyzer are ...

2011-03-16

B-acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL)

Cellavision-assisted identification of subtle blasts in a blood smear from a patient with B-acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) B-acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) can have morphology very similar to mature lymphocytes, but  modern hematology analyzers reliably will alert the operator with a “blast” flag (1, 2).  However, since these same analyzers have a significant false positive “blast” ...

2011-01-19

Acute promyelocytic leukemia

A 36-year old Caucasian male without a relevant medical history was admitted to the emergency ward of a local hospital (Albert Schweitzer Hospital, Dordrecht, The Netherlands), because of acute chest pain. An anterolateral myocardial infarct was diagnosed (laboratory results showed: Troponine-T: 0,35 µg/L (elevated) and CK: 453 U/L (elevated)) and  the patient was referred to ...

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