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Through the Microscope: Blood Cells - Life's Blood

Basophilic stippling

Basophilic stippling appears as round, dark-blue granules in red blood cells on smears stained with supra vital stains such as brilliant cresyl blue. They may be observed in lead poisoning, exposure to some drugs, severe burns, anemias, or septicemia. The granules are precipitated ribosomes and mitochondria.

Basophilic stippling