Test Findings
 

Echinocytes

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Overview

  • Echinocytes, also known as burr cells, are red blood cells with short and evenly spaced projections.
    • Echinocytes
  • Echinocytes are most commonly artefactual, however may occur with certain congenital conditions or with severe liver disease.
    • Causes of Echinocytosis

    • Processing artefact - due to prolonged storage in EDTA
    • Pyruvate kinase deficiency
    • Liver cirrhosis
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