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Welcome to our Scientific Image Gallery. Here you can find real-life examples of cell images, mostly (but not only) from peripheral blood films, that illustrate typical morphologic characteristics pointing to specific conditions or disorders. This constitutes their diagnostic value.
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<p>Reddish striations caused by extreme haemolysis in a case of septicaemia caused by Clostridium perfringens.</p>
<p>Extreme thrombocytosis (3,400,000/μL) in chronic myelogenous leukaemia (CML, bcr-abl+); on the right a basophilic granulocyte.</p>
<p>In the impedance channel of a haematology analyser a falsely elevated platelet concentration of 850,000/μL was measured. This was caused by precipitated cryoglobulin in cryoglobulinaemia. The flocculated cryoglobulin is visible in the phase contrast microscope in between the red blood cell 'rouleaux'.</p>
<p>A large number of flocculated cryoglobulins become visible when the condenser is lowered and no microscope oil is applied.</p>
<p>Cell of a follicular lymphoma. The deeply indented nucleus is characteristic.</p>
<p>Fragmented red blood cells and thrombocytopenia in the case of a thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). In the partially thrombosed capillaries the red blood cells are exposed to a high degree of shearing force, which causes them to burst.</p>
<p>Blood film of a normal blood sample, which had frozen in the postbox. One can only recognise red blood cell 'shadows' or 'ghosts'.</p>
<p>Gametocyte in a patient infected with Plasmodium falciparum. </p> <p> </p>
<p>Bone marrow histology (periodic acid Schiff stain, PAS) displaying macrophages on the left, with a cytoplasm resembling crinkled parchment. They are so-called 'Gaucher' cells. Gaucher's disease is characterised by a congenital defect of the enzyme glucocerebrosidase leading to an increase of certain glycolipids (cerebrosides) inside the macrophages. On the right side of the picture the bone marrow appears normal.</p>