Skip header information|
Wadsworth Center Home - Science in the Pursuit of Health| Portal State Agency Listing
Main Body

Through the Microscope: Blood Cells - Life's Blood

Smudge or basket cell

Smudge cells or basket cells are leukocytes that have been damaged during preparation of the peripheral blood smear. This usually occurs due to the fragility of the cell. They are usually seen in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

Smudge cell