A sample of blood is applied to a microscope slide and then studied under the microscope. Red blood cell appearance and differential is analysed.

Red blood size, shape and colour are commented on. Conditions such as hereditary spherocytosis, haemolytic anaemia, sickle cell anaemia, TTP, DIC, thalassaemia, pernicious anaemia, myelodysplasia, G6PD deficiency and lymphomas.

(27 Sep 1997)