Spuriously increased leucocyte count in a hematology analyzer due to adipocytes: An unusual phenomenon

Nayak, Deepak M and Manohar, Chethan and Kumar, Pramod and Garg, Rachana (2013) Spuriously increased leucocyte count in a hematology analyzer due to adipocytes: An unusual phenomenon. International Journal of Clinical and Surgical Advances , 1 (1). pp. 33-36. ISSN 2321-9351

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Abstract

Spurious increase in cell counts on a hematology analyzer is a technical phenomenon which has been well documented in literature. Pseudoleukocytosis may result due to the presence of platelet clumps, parasitized red blood cells or nucleated red blood cells. We report an unusual case where adipocytes (fat cells) were implicated in determining pseudoleukocytosis. The fat cells were aspirated during venipuncture from the femoral vein in a patient with extensive skin burns. Their presence was confirmed at the tail-end of the peripheral smear. Thus, a rare aetiology such as fat cells should be also considered as one of the causes of spurious leucocytosis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pseudoleukocytosis; fat cells; hematology analyzer.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Pathology
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Plastic Surgery
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2014 10:16
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2014 10:16
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/139190

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