Overview of Peripheral Smear Examination
Why Get Tested
- If you have signs or symptoms of anemia like weakness, fatigue, pale complexion, unexplained jaundice, enlargement of spleen
- If the resolts of your complete blood count (CBC) or WBC differential is abnormal
- If you have signs or symptoms suggestive of a condition affecting red blood cell production or lifespan
- No special preparation required
What Results of Peripheral Smear Examination mean?
Finding from peripheral smear are not always diagnostic and usually indicate the presence of an underling condition. The results should always be correlated with patient's history and other laboratory tests. The results include a description of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Some common examples of diseases which can be detected by peripheral smear examination are iron deficiency anemia, anemia due to deficiency of vitamin B12, aplastic anemia, hemolytic anemias, bone marrow disorders, myeloproliferative diseases