Preferential localisation of red cell vacuoles to pathologically shaped human red blood cells

Judith Demeter, Zoltan Magyar, Fatima Varga, Miklós Szathmári, Dezsö Lehoczky, Jørgen Ellegaard

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The percentage of pitted erythrocytes and Howell‐Jolly bodies in peripheral blood samples of 51 individuals following posttraumatic splenectomy and 20 patients splenectomized because of various haematological diseases differed significantly from each other (p < 0.001) and from that of healthy controls (p < 0.001). The percentage of pitted erythrocytes was significantly higher in pathologically shaped red blood cells (RBCs) (acanthocytes, schizocytes, elliptocytes) than in normal discoid shaped RBCs (p < 0.001). As the number of pits per RBC showed great individual variations, a scoring system for the evaluation of pitted RBCs is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-44
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean journal of haematology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - júl. 1989


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology

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