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Through the Microscope: Blood Cells - Life's Blood

Schistocyte

Schistocytes are red blood cell fragments that result from membrane damage encountered during passage through vessels. They occur in microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, severe burns, uremia, and hemolytic anemias cause by physical agents, as in disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). They are sometimes referred to as "bite cells".

Schistocyte