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Echinocytes

 
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Overview

Echinocytes, also known as burr cells, are red blood cells with short and evenly spaced projections.
  • Echinocytes
  • 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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