Category Archives: Laboratory morphology

Case 86 – part C2

Thanks for your help with this short case. We examined this blood film of an unwell female: The most striking abnormality is red cell fragmentation. This can be seen in: AIHA/Evans’ syndrome DIC Pregnancy-associated (HELLP, pre-eclampsia, malignant hypertension, fatty liver of … Continue reading

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Case 86 – part 3A

A 32 year old female presents with headaches, visual disturbance and fever. Hb 92g/L MCV 99fl Platelets 38×109/l WCC and differential – mild neutrophilia Questions Name some features of the blood film? What are the differential diagnosis? What further investigations … Continue reading

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Case 86 – part B2

Thanks for joining in with this short case. We reviewed the blood film of an 82 year old. The FBC was done for diabetes monitoring. There was no recent transfusion and no new medications. The film showed red cell agglutination(3) … Continue reading

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Case 86 – part B1

An 82 year old gentleman has a routine blood count for diabetes monitoring. This is the blood film.   Questions: What do you see on the blood film? What questions do you want to ask the patient? Any further investigations? … Continue reading

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Case 86 – part A2

This short case focused on the diagnosis of thalassaemia over iron deficiency. The below factors can help, but there are many overlapping factors and this is more of a guide rather than absolute. Factors that may make this unreliable include … Continue reading

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Case 86 – part A1

Welcome to #TeamHaem. This week we are going to look at some blood film morphology. A 21 year old female student has a full blood count done due to fatigue. Hb 100g/L MCV 74fl MCH 21.7pg Platelets 250×109/l WCC and … Continue reading

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Case 84 – summary

Thank you for all your help with this weeks case! This week we looked at a case of a patient with type 1 Gaucher’s disease . She was found to be mildly anaemia with a mild thrombocytopenia. A CT scan … Continue reading

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Case 84 – update 2

So we have the results of our patient’s bone marrow and it looks to be consistent with Gaucher’s disease! Our patient has a raised serum ACE and ferritin which is typical of Gaucher’s disease. Our bone marrow shows the typical … Continue reading

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Case 84 – update 1

So we have an update: We have found our patient is thrombocytopenic, and has a mild normocytic anaemia. Our patient has been slightly tired for a year or so, but still manages to do her demanding job as a PE … Continue reading

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Case 84 – the beginning

Welcome to our new case! We start in the GP surgery with a 21 year old woman. She has been feeling tired for a while so has come to get checked. Your colleague did some bloods on the previous visit … Continue reading

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Case 80 – summary

This week we discussed a 65 year old gentleman who was about to undergo curative surgery for gastric carcinoma. His admission blood tests showed pancytopenia and monocytopenia.   The differential diagnosis of pancytopenia includes: Haematological malignancy e.g. myelodysplasia or infiltration … Continue reading

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Case 80 – update 3

The immunophenotype was: CD20+, CD79b+, CD22+, CD5 negative, FMC7+, CD103+, CD11c+, CD25+, CD10 negative, CD38 negative, lambda sIg+ This is consistent with hairy cell leukaemia. If further immunophenotypic evidence is required additional stains on the trephine can be undertaken (e.g. … Continue reading

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Case 80 – update 2

The blood film showed a population of lymphoid cells with ‘hairy projections’. There was absolute monocytopenia. Both of these are consistent with a diagnosis of hairy cell leukaemia. However, hairy cell leukaemia variant and other low grade lymphoma may have … Continue reading

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Case 80 – update 1

Our patient has pancytopenia. On examination there is no specific findings. There is no palpable lymphadenopathy or hepatosplenomegly. There is no rash or gum infiltration. There are no features of chronic liver disease. However review of recent imaging has noted … Continue reading

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Case 77 – the beginning

  Let’s start this case with a blood film. Can you describe the findings on the film? What information would you like as the registrar reviewing the film?   Please reply to us (@TeamHaem) on Twitter and always include #TeamHaem … Continue reading

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Case 54 – summary

Case A Our first case looked at a blood film of a 48 year old gentleman who had presented with neutropenia and monocytopenia.  This is a common presentation for patients with hairy cell leukaemia and this leaves them susceptible to … Continue reading

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Case 54 – case C

  Quick morphology case whilst comtemplating case B!!!! 19 year old boy gives a 5 day history of feeling generally unwell (fever and malaise). He presents to a&e with LUQ pain.   blood film: Describe the blood film above.   … Continue reading

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Case 54 – case A

This week we are going to look at a range of short cases, some of which are morphology based, and most will include MCQ questions.  The discussion does not have to be limited to the basic answer – please feel … Continue reading

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Case 50 part 5 – summary

This case was an interesting one! As haematologists we have a privileged position of being able to get to know our patients extremely well and also have the skills to review their marrow under the microscope in order to reach … Continue reading

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Case 50 part 5 – update

You have a 41 year old female with night sweats, splenomegaly and pancytopenia.   Differential diagnosis from #teamhaem are: Lymphoma e.g. splenic marginal zone lymphoma or hairy cell leukaemia or even a high grade lymphoma Myeloproliferative neoplasm e.g. myelofibrosis Metastatic … Continue reading

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